August 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is unable to make a catch while defended by Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson and defensive back Josh Wilson (26) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely for violating substance abuse policy (again)


Veteran safety Tanard Jackson was given one more chance.

After serving a year-and-a-half long suspension, Jackson was reinstated by the NFL in May. The Washington Redskins released Jackson only to bring him back a day later.

Jackson got his career off to a fantastic start after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the former Syracuse Orange standout with the 106th-overall pick in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He had 56 tackles and picked off two passes while starting all 16 games during his rookie season and looked well on his way to a lengthy and prosperous NFL Career. However, in 2009, Jackson had to miss the Buccaneers’ first four games after he was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. A year later, he was once again suspended for the same infraction and was suspended for an entire year. He was reinstated in October of 2011 and returned to the Buccaneers. In the 2012 offseason, Jackson failed a physical and the Buccaneers decided to release Jackson. However, in August of 2012, he was suspended yet again and has not played since the 2011 season.

With Jackson once again eligible to play, he has been discussing his excitement for the upcoming season. However, Jackson has once again violated the league’s substance abuse policy and has been suspended.

Jackson has likely played the last game of his career. If that is the case, he finishes with 239 tackles and 10 interceptions.

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