Redskins release S Tanard Jackson after NFL reinstates him

Tanard Jackson is out of a job. (USATSI)
Tanard Jackson is out of a job. (USATSI)

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For the past two seasons, Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended from the NFL for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. It, thus, must have been a happy day on Monday when CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that the league would reinstate Jackson on Tuesday.

Turns out Tuesday wasn't such a great day for him after all, because according to the NFL transactions list, the Redskins have terminated Jackson.

Jackson started 44 games for the Buccaneers from 2007-09, but the NFL suspended him four games in 2009, and in September 2010, he was suspended for more than a year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. In April 2012, Tampa Bay released him, and he was picked up by the Redskins. By September of 2012, though, the league had suspended him again.

Still, in June of last year, Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett seemed stoked about the possibility of adding Jackson back to the roster.

“Obviously if we got Tanard back, you know that’s another bonus because he’s a heck of a football player," Haslett said at the time. "I don’t know where that stands with the NFL, but we’d welcome back with open arms.”

Apparently, though, this latest transaction wasn't unexpected by those inside team headquarters.

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