WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins returning to the Redskins lineup in time for Dallas week, each having served four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s banned substances policy, one distinction remains between the two: Jackson was permitted to train at Redskins Park during his suspension, and Jenkins was not.
Jackson benefited from a change in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which allowed him to use the team’s facility – including attending team meetings – although he could neither practice nor play with the team, and wasn’t getting paid.
Jackson was suspended for violating the league’s drug abuse policy. Jenkins, on the other hand, was suspended for violating its performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Upon being suspended in March, Jackson informed 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen his failed drug test was the result of him taking Tylenol 3, which he’d obtained from his wife for a toothache, to help him sleep the night before a dentist appointment. Tylenol 3 contains codeine, which triggered the positive test, according to Jackson.
That said, Jackson’s still not sure why he was able to stick around and Jenkins was not, but he does know he benefited from being able to do so.
“It helps a lot,” Jackson told Paulsen and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday. “Still being able to see your coaches throughout the week, still being able to train with [head strength and conditioning coach] Ray Wright and the strength and conditioning staff, you know, sitting in the meetings, seeing different game plans each week. I mean, it benefits a lot. I mean, even being able to go into the building is a big upgrade from not being able to be around for four weeks.”
Jackson was stumped when asked why he was given access Jenkins had not been given.
“I’m not quite sure on that,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if it was because his was a PED, the performance-enhancement suspension or what. I really don’t know what separated that. I know Shanahan just told me I was able to come in and sit in on meetings and work out, and that’s all I need to hear. I was there, so I’m not really sure myself on the difference between the two, so.”
Exactly which performance-enhancer Jenkins took to earn his suspension has not been revealed.
Regardless, they’ll both be in Redskins uniforms when the team heads to Dallas on Sunday, Oct. 13, so all’s well that ends well on that front.
Jackson also talked about the experience of watching his team struggle defensively, after being asked by Dukes how he was able to mentally get through the process of knowing he could have helped his team, had he been allowed on the field.
“I mean, you really don’t,” Jackson said. “You really don’t get through it, but I mean, the time’s come now, you know, it felt like forever, but it’s here now so I’m trying to put that suspension behind me and move forward, and find a way to help the team win. That’s all that matters really, is victories and getting back on schedule.
Listen to the interview below. Washington Football Tonight airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on 106.7 The Fan.