LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson is facing a suspension of at least one year following his third violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
The NFL suspended Jackson, then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for the first four games of the 2009 season after he first violated the policy.
“That’s the thing I’m disappointed in myself the most,” he said at the time, per the Tampa Bay Times. “I disappointed myself. But your actions affect others around you, and that’s the thing that hit home with me. Just being away for those four weeks and having the time to reflect on the things I’ve done and how I hurt myself, how I hurt the people around me such as my teammates, coaches, people who had trust in me.”
The following season Jackson was again suspended for a similar infraction. The NFL levied a 16-game suspension against the safety, making him ineligible to return until Sept. 22, 2011.
Despite the history of violations, the Redskins signed Jackson after former Bucs head coach Raheem Morris joined Mike Shanahan’s staff.
The Redskins have known about Jackson’s impending suspension for some time.
It is unclear whether Jackson will appeal the indefinite suspension. He would be eligible to play during the appeal process.
Jackson had a strong preseason and appeared poised to secure a spot on the roster at free safety.
The NFL confirmed the suspension late Friday afternoon, adding it was effective immediately. He will be eligible for reinstatement beginning on Aug. 31, 2013.