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Report: Tanard Jackson reinstated by NFL

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Safety Tanard Jackson hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2011 season, but he’ll reportedly have a chance to resume his stalled career on Tuesday.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that the Redskins have been informed that Jackson will be reinstated from a suspension related to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Redskins signed Jackson in 2012, but he never played a game for the team after getting suspended before the start of that season. He became eligible for reinstatement last year, but was never made available to Washington.

The Redskins needed help at safety when they signed Jackson and they still need it. If he does have something left, Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather aren’t the most imposing pair in the league. Whether or not he still has it won’t be known for quite some time, though, so the Redskins probably aren’t changing any draft plans they’ve already made.

Jackson started 56 games in five seasons with the Buccaneers with 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles.

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23 Responses to “Report: Tanard Jackson reinstated by NFL”
  1. skum01 says: May 5, 2014 2:15 PM

    He played very well in the 2012 preseason.

  2. commonsensedude says: May 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    Reinstated??? Gulp! Fred Davis just put down his beer and joint.

  3. primenumber19 says: May 5, 2014 2:25 PM

    Talented but troubled, hopefully he can jolley it

  4. stonefish67 says: May 5, 2014 2:27 PM

    Pretty good with the Bucs. Maybe some left in the tank. Don’t bank on it

  5. duncanthecat says: May 5, 2014 2:37 PM

    Very good news for the Redskins.

  6. milkmandanimal says: May 5, 2014 2:38 PM

    He showed really great promise in his first couple years with the Bucs, but the guy’s already drugged himself out of the league a couple times. He’s barely played in several years, so he’s got to be incredibly out of shape. I wouldn’t exactly be penciling him as starter.

  7. abqpacker says: May 5, 2014 2:38 PM

    Could have a had a fine career. But hard to see someone giving him another chance.

  8. bucthat says: May 5, 2014 2:56 PM

    Dude was great for Tampa but just always had drugs issues and eventually drugged himself out of the league. Be great to see him succeed and conquer the issues he had

  9. ashure71 says: May 5, 2014 3:00 PM

    IF he plays out of his mind in the preseason (big if) then he might make the roster. My guess is he doesn’t see the regular season before we cut him. At least he’s not a big cap hit.

  10. afcdomination says: May 5, 2014 3:04 PM

    that is a lot of time off. you either at that age learned from that and never want it to happen again. or you haven’t and will never learn.

    we will know pretty quickly.

  11. stevenray72 says: May 5, 2014 3:23 PM

    The Redskins were really counting on him a couple of years ago and he let them down. More important he let himself down.

  12. dlr4skins says: May 5, 2014 4:05 PM

    Can you say veteran minimum?

  13. rhymenoceros9 says: May 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    Breaking news… Tanard Jackson suspended yet again

  14. cvdt57 says: May 5, 2014 4:28 PM

    Well, he’s better than any rookie the redskins may have gotten their hands on in the second round. If I’m Bruce Allen I use him this year and then kick him to the curb. They need him but they can’t trust him.

  15. koolrepetoire says: May 5, 2014 4:52 PM

    About *%#! Time!!!

  16. bigjd says: May 5, 2014 5:28 PM

    One more and he’s done for good.

  17. bigblu73 says: May 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    Well if he stayed in shape and continued to work through that year, he could come back super strong and exceptionally healthy! The talent has never been a question when it comes to that kid. I wish him the best, everybody deserves a chance at redemption, for some folks it happens a lil more often than others!Haha Definitely a win for that Redskins secondary.

  18. skinsfan91 says: May 5, 2014 6:59 PM

    Be great if this guy can still ball. The Skins need all the help on D they can find.

  19. jayovalentine says: May 5, 2014 7:13 PM

    Gruden, Haslett & Morris might give dude a shot… but hopefully he gets his LIFE in order. Football isn’t for ever.

  20. rg3andthensome says: May 5, 2014 7:40 PM

    NICE!!!

    We DO NOT NEED TO TAKE A SAFETY WITH THE 2nd round pick…..

    Focus can go to CB or OT now….Or MAYBE a MLB

  21. htown995 says: May 5, 2014 11:14 PM

    It doesnt matter id cut him or make him earn a roster spot

  22. defscottyb says: May 6, 2014 12:38 AM

    I totally forgot about this guy. Hope he has it together now.

  23. claimersays says: May 6, 2014 7:55 PM

    And the Skins terminated his contract…

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