Last year, Tanard Jackson returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after missing a full calendar year of football after being suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He claimed it was a sobering trauma and that he was on a straight path. That’s what he told the Washington Redskins after the Bucs cut him earlier this summer.
It now appears Jackson was lying.
The safety has again been suspended by the NFL for an entire year after violating the substance abuse policy. This is the third such time that Jackson has abused the policy since coming into the NFL in 2007. He sat out four games in 2009 before getting a year long ban and was reinstated in 2011. But this seems to be a third strike and you’re out type of situation for Jackson.
The Buccaneers had him on roster earlier this summer but he was one of the first players gone after head coach Greg Schiano came to town and washed away the stains of the Raheem Morris era in Tampa. There was speculation that the failed physical in Tampa that Jackson turned in was due to drug use, but he maintained it had to do with a shoulder injury he suffered.
Jackson will no be eligible to set foot near a football facility until August 31, 2013 — one full year after his suspension is leveled against him.