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Jackson Suspension Emphasizes Competitive Skins Environment

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Although the Washington Redskins were dealt a tough blow upon learning they could be without linebacker Rob Jackson for the start of the 2013 season, there is room to consider the positives of the scenario.

Losing an integral part of an already depleted defense could just be a negative side effect of an attitude that should be applauded.

Jackson, who recently re-signed with the team, appealed a four-game suspension handed down by the league for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

If upheld, the suspension would force Jackson – the recent star of a St. Patrick’s Day-themed video for Funny or Die – to miss the first four games without pay.

This was the topic of a thought-provoking Junkies segment on 106.7 The Fan Thursday morning.

“And these people who appeal it sometimes, I think in the NFL you can actually present the supplements or drugs that you have to take to the NFL, and then they can approve it,” JP said.

“Do players ever win appeals on this?” Lurch asked.

“Probably not,” Cakes answered.

“I mean I would assume he’s going to be out for four games,” Lurch returned.

“What happened with Richard Sherman?” JP asked.

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks was victorious in his appeal of a similar four-game suspension received during the 2012 season; after it was proven his sample had been contaminated.

“But he’s like the only one,” Drab said.

“What about like Peppers and Merriman and those guys whenever they were claiming tainted supplements?” EB questioned.

“I don’t remember them winning any appeals,” Lurch responded.

“Yea, I think a lot of times they will say something at first, and I heard that Rob Jackson wants to appeal it, and then eventually they say ‘You know what? I’ll just suck it up. I’ll miss the four games’” JP explained tediously.

“It’s becoming a trend here, it’s the seventh Redskin in the last two years to test positive for something,” EB postulated. “It really does make you wonder what kind of operation they’re running over there. Now my guess is, these players, you know you’ve got a hundred guys in your program in and out at different times; it’s hard to keep track of everybody. And players are just going to do what they’re going to do.”

Jackson will be an integral part of a Washington defense in 2013 that’s already suffered the loss of DeAngelo Hall due to salary cap restrictions – which league commissioner Goodell will not reverse – and his absence on the field will be even more of a concern as teammate London Fletcher returns for a sixteenth season post-ankle-surgery.

It raises a plausible question in whether this latest suspension is more indicative of a league problem, or a trend particular to Mike Shanahan’s regime.

It would be unfair though, to put the brunt of that onus on Shanahan, because to expand on what EB mentioned above, a team is made up of countless players fueled by the personal gain of incentive-laden contracts.

So perhaps there is actually just cause for positive spin in this instance.

Marijuana suspensions of Trent Williams and Fred Davis aside, the temporary removal of players for performance-enhancing drug violations – while not condoned – could speak to a competitive environment growing in Washington; a Shanahan creation long-suffering Redskins fans would be hard-pressed to rebuke.

At least, it’s certainly worth considering.

If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.

The quality of a winner.


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