NFL to reinstate Redskins S Tanard Jackson on Tuesday

Tanard Jackson's last regular-season snap came in 2011. (USATSI)
Tanard Jackson's last regular-season snap came in 2011. (USATSI)

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Redskins safety Tanard Jackson last played an NFL game in 2011. He signed with the Redskins before the 2012 season and by August of that year, he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Now, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the league will officially reinstate Jackson Tuesday.

A quick recap of Jackson's NFL career:

- The Bucs' 2007 fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, Jackson started 44 games for Tampa Bay from '07-'09.

- He missed four games during the 2009 season while serving an NFL-mandated suspension.

- In Sept. 2010, Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He was reinstated in Oct., 2011. The Bucs signed him to a contract extension later that month.

- In April, 2012, Tampa Bay released Jackson after he failed a physical. The team said the decision had nothing to do with "any new issues related" with Jackson's previous two NFL suspensions.

Jackson, who has basically been out of football for three of the last four years, has yet to play a regular-season game with the Redskins. As for Washington's depth chart at safety, it could look something like this:

Jackson's last meaningful action came with the Bucs in 2011 and it wasn't particularly noteworthy; according to ProFootballFocus.com, he ranked 85th out of 87 safeties. That season Jackson played in 10 games and had three interceptions.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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