Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson Reinstated From Suspension
The two players were allowed to rejoin their teammates for the first time on Monday as their four-game suspensions for violations of different league policies were lifted by the commissioner.
BY ZAC BOYER
The four-game suspensions of defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and outside linebacker Rob Jackson have been lifted, according to three people familiar with their situations, clearing the way for the two players to rejoin the Redskins.
No immediate roster moves are necessary. Teams with players returning from suspension are granted a one-week exemption in order to allow those players to improve their conditioning as they work back into practice.
Their returns will be slightly delayed, however, as the Redskins are entering their bye week. They will only practice Tuesday and will have the rest of the week off before preparations begin for a Week 6 game at Dallas.
Jenkins, suspended for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, was informed of his suspension on the second day of training camp in July. He attributed the positive test to a supplement he had been taking that was not specifically approved by the NFL.
Jackson was suspended on March 20 after he violated the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He said he took a medication containing codeine that was not prescribed to him to deal with a toothache near the end of last season.
Both players were permitted to be with the team during training camp and play in preseason games before the suspensions took effect. While Jenkins has not been allowed to be at Redskins Park, Jackson has been permitted to sit in on meetings but could not practice.
“It’s been tough,” Jackson said late last week. “Considering the fact that we’re losing at the same time, it’s just made it that much worse. But it’s something that we’re excited to get back, and hopefully we can make a big difference and get back in the game.”
Both players assumed starting roles after Week 2 last season because of injury. Jenkins finished with 25 tackles in his first full season, while Jackson had 37 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions and forced two fumbles in his fifth season, but first with an amplified role.
Neither player was paid during their suspension. Jenkins, in the third year of his rookie contract, forfeited $167,009 of his base salary, while Jackson, signed to a one-year deal in March, surrendered $168,235.