Bucs lose standout safety Jackson to suspension

One of the foundation pieces of Tampa’s young defense won’t be available for the first quarter of the season.

The NFL has suspended free safety Tanard Jackson for the first four games of 2009 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik confirmed the news, and says Jackson will not appeal the suspension.

Jackson has been a starter since day one of his career and has developed into the most reliable player in Tampa’s secondary. 

With Jackson gone, Will Allen is likely to fill in at safety.  Safety-turned-linebacker Jermaine Phillips could also potentially fill in if the team needs help.

13 responses to “Bucs lose standout safety Jackson to suspension

  1. Has he probed the intracacies of Florida’s labor laws? That worked out famously for two fat guys in Minnesota last year.

  2. Can’t hate on coaching hire but the management in Tampa is not very bright. Some bad luck mixed in, too. But even when you have bad luck you need intelligence & common sense to counter. Is Cadillac Williams ever going to rush for a 1000 yards? Is Clayton going to have a 1000 recieving? Probably not, & these guys were their two best players two years ago.

  3. Tampa will be battling Detroit for the cellar this year boys… Is there even anything fantasy worthy in the entire state of Florida outside MoJo? MAYBE injury prone Ronnie Brown?

  4. Damn, just when i was starting to feel excited about our defense again, this seems to be a very long year for us.

  5. He had some character issues coming out of Syracuse… Guess it was only a matter of time before he f’d up.

  6. shame, shame, shame, everyone knows Tanard’s name
    Tanard Jackson Antonio Bryant
    Jeff “Tain” Watts > Florio Jr.
    The Office

  7. This really sucks for the Bucs, but I say… the Jermain Phillips to linebacker move is not looking like they hoped it would, move him back to his original SS position, let Piscitelli make plays as the FS and just take a chance on young linebacker Geno Hayes. He’s really big, athletic guy, if he can sure up his tackling and get some games under his belt I think he could be really good. They have Will Allen, but with the way safties in this system have to play he wont hold up, he’s injured right now in fact. “Flip” back to crackin heads at SS, Geno at WLB and the Bucs should be fine.

  8. Erik Coleman > Jermaine Phillips & Sabby Piscitelli
    Aqib Talib vs. Steve Smith = The Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out!

  9. How come that one worked while many of the others don’t? I’ll right this ship! The winds of change are ablowin’……………..

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