Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.
This is Jackson's fourth suspension related to drugs. Jackson, 28, missed the last two seasons and a combined 23 games between 2009 and 2011 for separate infractions. The Redskins, who signed Jackson before the 2012 season, picked him up after he was reinstated in May.
Jackson started 56 games for Tampa Bay between 2007 and 2011 before being dismissed after failing a physical.
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Redskins veteran safety Ryan Clark vouched for Jackson in a recent story in the The Tampa Bay Tribune.
“Tanard is going to be awesome this year,’’ vowed Clark. “He’s going to get it right and get us right.’’
In the same story, Jackson sounded grateful about getting another opportunity with an NFL team.
“Going from playing football to working in a warehouse at a 9-to-5 job is a humbling experience,’’ he said last month. “It’s taught me to never take anything in this business for granted.’’
- Chris Johnson