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.

23 responses to “Report: Tanard Jackson reinstated by NFL

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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