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Tanard Jackson Suspended Indefinitely After Failed Drug Test

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 8/31/12, 4:40 p.m.; Updated 8/31/12, 5:55 p.m.)

Tanard Jackson has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a violation of its drug policy, the league announced Friday, and will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement for one year.

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Jackson, in his first season with the Washington Redskins after five in Tampa Bay, was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for failing a drug test. He then missed an entire year after he failed another test after the second week of the 2010 season.

According to a league spokesman, Jackson’s appeal of the suspension was denied and he will not be able to apply for reinstatement until Aug. 31, 2013. A Redskins spokesman declined comment Friday afternoon, and a phone call to Jackson’s agent was not immediately returned.

The NFL’s substance abuse policy refers a player who tests positive for drug use to enter an intervention program. A second positive test while in the intervention program leads to testing of up to 10 times per month and a four-game suspension, and a third failed test leads to a year-long suspension.

Jackson signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with no guaranteed money in April and was in the mix to serve as the team’s starting free safety. A calf injury sustained early in training camp limited him mostly to working behind Madieu Williams.

He did not attend practice Monday, with head coach Mike Shanahan citing personal reasons, and did not play in the final preseason game Wednesday against the Buccaneers.

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