Friday, August 31, 2012

Redskins Lose Jackson

Jackson, above, has been banned for one-year. (Photo:
The NFL has suspended Redskins free safety Tanard Jackson for a minimum of one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Jackson was brought to the Redskins this offseason following being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was expected to compete for a starting safety spot and it was anticipated that he would see the playing field throughout the season.

According to John Keim, the Redskins had been waiting for this ruling. That suggests that they knew that Jackson had been caught with a banned substance and were awaiting the NFL's ruling.

Today, they ruled and Jackson has been banned at least one year for violating the leagues substance-policy.

This is the second time that Jackson has received a year long ban for such an offense. He missed all of the 2010 season for the same reason. With that in mind, he's lucky that this punishment is only one-year. The league could have very well suspended him for life. They could still do that. We will have to wait and see.

In the mean time, let's look at who will fill the void.

Madieu Williams and Dejon Gomes will be the two main free safeties. That took much of the reps this preseason, but Jackson still showed some promise when he got his chance.

This could very well be it for Tanard Jackson. Roger Goodell takes substance abuse very seriously and doesn't pull any punches. The NFL could very well give Jackson a lifetime ban for this second offense.

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Source: FOX Sports