Safety Tanard Jackson reinstated by NFL [updated]


Tanard Jackson, speaking to reporters in Ashburn in Aug. 2012. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Updated, 3:05 p.m.

The NFL is reinstating suspended Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson, the league confirmed Monday.

According to an NFL spokesman, the league informed the Redskins that Jackson will be reinstated Tuesday.

Jackson was suspended indefinitely by the league in August 2012 for violating the sport’s substance-abuse policy. He has not played for the past two seasons because of the suspension. Jackson initially was eligible for reinstatement last August.

He remains under contract to the Redskins, but it is not clear if he is in the team’s plans for the 2014 season.

The Redskins declined to comment through a spokesman.

Jackson, 28, last played in the NFL in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in Tampa for Raheem Morris, now the Redskins’ secondary coach. Members of the Redskins’ previous coaching staff have said that when the Redskins signed Jackson prior to the 2012 season, he was projected as a potential starter.

But Jackson was suspended prior to that season and still has not played a game for the Redskins. He has played five NFL seasons, all with the Buccaneers. While with the Buccaneers in 2010, Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance-abuse policy and missed all but two games that season. He also missed six games in the 2011 season. In 2009, he was suspended and missed four games.

Jackson’s suspension has contributed to the Redskins’ ongoing search for stability at safety. The team drafted two safeties, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo, last year. But Thomas missed the entire season after suffering a foot injury during the preseason and Rambo lost his starting job early in the season. This offseason, the Redskins re-signed Brandon Meriweather in free agency and added Ryan Clark, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Update, 2:40 p.m.

The league confirmed Tanard Jackson’s reinstatement. According to an NFL spokesman, the league informed the Redskins that Jackson will be reinstated Tuesday.

Original post, 2:29 p.m:

The NFL is reinstating suspended Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Jackson was suspended indefinitely by the league in August 2012 for violating the sport’s substance abuse policy. He has not played for the past two seasons because of the suspension. Jackson initially was eligible for reinstatement last August.

He remains under contract to the Redskins but it is not clear if he is in the team’s plans for the 2014 season.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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