Redskins DB Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL

Tanard Jackson's career is in jeopardy after his latest suspension. (USATSI)
Tanard Jackson's career is in jeopardy after his latest suspension. (USATSI)

Just two months after being reinstated by the NFL, Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended again. The league announced on Wednesday that Jackson's been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

It's the fourth suspension for Jackson and could mean the end of his NFL career. It's his second suspension since signing with the Redskins before the 2012 season. The 28-year-old has yet to play in a regular season game with the team.  

Here's a quick recap of Jackson's NFL career:

  • The defensive back was Tampa Bay's 2007 fourth-round pick out of Syracuse and ended up starting 44 games for Tampa Bay from 2007-09. The four games Jackson missed in that span came in 2009 because he was serving a suspension. 
  • In September 2010, Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and ended up sitting out 13 months before being reinstated in October 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.
  • The defensive back went on to sign with the Redskins before the 2012 season, but was suspended indefinitely in August of that year before playing a game with the team. 
  • Jackson was reinstated to the Redskins on May 5, only to be released one day later. However, the Redskins re-signed him on May 7 at a cheaper rate

After sitting out the past 20 months due to suspension, it's unlikely Jackson will be reinstated anytime soon, likely meaning the end of his career. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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