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Tanard Jackson | Defensive Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196
College: Syracuse
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NFL suspended Redskins S Tanard Jackson indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
It's Jackson's second indefinite suspension in less than two calendar years; he was suspended indefinitely for substance abuse on August 31, 2012 before getting reinstated on May 5 of this year. Jackson's NFL days are 100 percent over after this ban, and he may never be welcomed back by Roger Goodell. Jul 9 - 5:50 PM

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Redskins re-signed S Tanard Jackson.

Jackson was reinstated from his indefinite suspension Tuesday and was subsequently released. The reasoning happened to be his old contract. Now, he'll play on the veteran minimum and try and earn a roster spot this summer. Considering Jackson hasn't played since 2011, the odds are against him.
May 7 - 5:10 PM

Redskins released S Tanard Jackson.

The move comes one day after Jackson was reinstated from his indefinite suspension. Two months shy of his 29th birthday, Jackson has appeared in only 12 games since the end of the 2009 season, and zero since 2011. There's a good chance he's played his final down.
May 6 - 4:41 PM

NFL reinstated S Tanard Jackson from his indefinite suspension.

A fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft, Jackson hasn't played an NFL snap since 2011. He was a productive early-career starter in Tampa Bay (2007-2009), but has endured multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, and his physical conditioning is unclear after so much time away from the game. The Redskins will likely treat anything he gives them in 2014 as a bonus.
May 5 - 1:51 PM

Suspended Redskins FS Tanard Jackson was eligible to apply for reinstatement on August 31.

Jackson was suspended indefinitely on August 31 of last year for multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Redskins DC Jim Haslett said in June that the team would welcome Jackson back if reinstated. He hasn't appeared in a regular season game since the 2011 finale with the Buccaneers.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Redskins DC Jim Haslett says the team would welcome back suspended FS Tanard Jackson if he's reinstated before the season.

Jackson's suspension for multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy is considered "indefinite," but is subject to review on September 3 -- just under one week before Washington's opener against Philadelphia. "He’s a heck of a football player,' Haslett said of Jackson. "I don’t know where that stands with the NFL, but we’d welcome him back with open arms."
Sun, Jun 16, 2013 03:53:00 PM

The Redskins are "hopeful" suspended FS Tanard Jackson will be reinstated for 2013, but it's considered "no sure thing."

Jackson is serving an indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. He isn't eligible for reinstatement before August 31. Jackson has appeared in just 12 games since the end of the 2009 season. He'll turn 28 in July.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:48:00 PM

Suspended FS Tanard Jackson remains under contract with the Redskins for 2013.

Jackson, suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, had his $700,000 base salary from 2012 "tolled" into 2013. He is eligible for reinstatement beginning on August 31. The Redskins can't be counting on Jackson. Anything they get from him should be considered a big bonus.
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 08:53:00 AM

NFL suspended Redskins FS Tanard Jackson indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Per FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Jackson's status will not be re-evaluated until 2013. According to beat writer John Keim, the Redskins had been waiting a "long time" to learn Jackson's status, suggesting they knew a ban was possible. Jackson was suspended for all of 2010 for violating the NFL's drug policy. He had been competing with Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes at free safety. Although Jackson is still only 27, a second year-long ban is going to threaten his career.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 04:11:00 PM

Redskins FS Tanard Jackson (shoulder surgery) has been activated from the active/PUP list.

It means Jackson has been cleared to practice, and will no longer be eligible to begin the year on the reserve/PUP list. Jackson will compete with Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes for the Redskins' starting free safety job. Jackson would do well to display improved tackling skills early in camp, as he was perhaps the single worst player in the league against the run last season.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 07:40:00 PM

Redskins FS Tanard Jackson (shoulder surgery) has begun camp on the active/PUP list.

Jackson originally estimated he'd be ready to roll by June 1 following his January rotator cuff operation. Jackson can be activated at any time, but could get buried behind Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes on the depth chart if he's out for long.
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Redskins signed FS Tanard Jackson, formerly of the Buccaneers, to a one-year contract.

That didn't take long. The Redskins were fully expected to consider Jackson now that former Bucs coach Raheem Morris is running the secondary. Turning 27 in July, Jackson is worth the risk as long as it's a low-cost deal. He will likely compete with Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes for the starting free safety job. Jackson's signing certainly hurts Williams' chances of making the team.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 11:47:00 AM

Free agent FS Tanard Jackson attributed his poor tackling last season to playing through a torn rotator cuff.

Jackson had surgery in January and expects to be healthy by June 1. "Man, my shoulder been injured since '09 and something that I put off and I played through a series of injuries," he said. "Not to make excuses for the way I played, but I had a lot of injuries last year, two bad hamstrings and a torn rotator cuff." Jackson was released by the Bucs on Tuesday. He could resurface with old coach Raheem Morris, who now coaches DBs in Washington.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 02:54:00 PM

Upon releasing Tanard Jackson, GM Mark Dominik made it clear the Bucs were not pleased with his growth on and off the field.

After missing 23 games due to substance abuse suspensions over the past three years, Jackson failed to show for the voluntary offseason program. Jackson concedes his approach to rehab may have played a part in the release. Lest there was any doubt, new coach Greg Schiano is running a much tighter ship than Raheem Morris ever did.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 11:18:00 AM

Bucs released/failed physical FS Tanard Jackson.

Jackson underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff three months ago, but will be ready to return by June. The move likely has as much to do with Jackson's off-the-field history as his injury, as he was suspended for all of 2010 and the first five weeks of 2011 for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. Jackson played poorly upon his return in Week 6 last season, struggling in coverage while getting hammered against the run. Still only 26, however, he will latch on elsewhere.
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 10:48:00 AM

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