Safety Tanard Jackson said he will have to wait another day to begin practicing with the Washington Redskins. Jackson said he now expects to begin practicing Thursday.
Jackson began training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a calf injury. He was cleared Sunday to begin practicing, but has been kept from doing so by a provision in the collective bargaining agreement that prohibits on-field activities for players on their first day of camp and bans hitting and pads for the next two days.
That three-day period apparently began Monday for Jackson, when the team resumed practicing following a day off for players Sunday, rather than Sunday, when he was cleared to practice.
Jackson, who is expected to compete for a starting safety position, originally had believed he would be allowed to practice Wednesday. But he said after Wednesday morning’s walk-through: “I think it’s one more day. I’m getting a little antsy, a little frustrated because I didn’t know the rule. My take on it was that I was cleared Sunday on our day off and I’d be able to practice. But a rule’s a rule.”
Jackson said he’s hopeful he hasn’t been set too far behind in the team’s competition for playing time at safety.
“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “Like I said before, we still have a long camp left over. There are plenty of opportunities for me to compete. So I think it’s an equal chance for all of us.”
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