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October 11, 2011 @ 2:20 pm
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T-Jack Is Back! NFL Reinstates Tanard Jackson

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Scott Reynolds

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UPDATED: The Bucs received some good news as free safety Tanard Jackson has been reinstated by the NFL after serving a 19-game suspension after testing positive for marijuana for a third time in less than three years. Jackson will not count against the Bucs' 53-man roster this week.

The Buccaneers placed their second safety on injured reserve this week when rookie Devin Holland joined Cody Grimm on the I.R. list. But reinforcements are on their way in Tampa Bay with the return of fourth-year free safety Tanard Jackson, who served a 19-game suspension after failing his third league-conducted drug test since entering the league in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Jackson, who has battled marijuana use over the years, had been the starter for the Bucs at free safety since his first game as a rookie. In the 12 games he played in during the 2009 season prior to his suspension, Jackson recorded 85 tackles, a career-high five interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery and scored two defensive touchdowns. In the two games he played in during the 2010 campaign, Jackson recorded 13 tackles with two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. In his Tampa Bay career, Jackson has 278 tackles, 29 passes defensed, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns and one sack.

Due to his reinstatement this week, Jackson will not count against the Buccaneers' 53-man roster until the team decides to activate him from the exempt/commission's permission list. At that time, the Bucs will have to cut a player to make room on the active roster. Tampa Bay has up to two weeks to evaluate Jackson's physical condition to decide whether to put him on the active roster or not.

Fourth-year veteran Corey Lynch has been filling in as the starting free safety in the absence of Grimm, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Tampa Bay's 16-13 win over Atlanta in Week 3.


Jackson, who has avoided talking to the media during his suspension, was last seen at Tampa Bay's unofficial mini-camp in Brandenton, Fla. in late June working out with his teammates.

“I’ve just been trying to stay in shape and doing what I can do,” Jackson said after working out with his fellow Buccaneers at the IMG Academy. “There’s not much I can do during this lockout with me being in the situation I was in. I’m just happy to be out here with some of my teammates and hopefully I can get into the season and be back and be a part of this team.”

Jackson's suspension began on September 22, 2010, and he was eligible to apply for reinstatement 60 days prior to that date this year. Jackson was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the league's policy on substance abuse for the second time.

Due to Jackson being suspension, he did not incur a year of service time and he is still considered a fourth-year player in the NFL. Jackson is now in the final year of a four-year contract, and he will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season.

The Bucs have not commented publicly about Jackson since general manager Mark Dominik released this official statement last September.

“Tanard is a talented young man whom we hope is able to use this year to put his troubles behind him and ultimately return a strong man and player,” said Dominik. “It’s up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise.”

At the team's unofficial mini-camp in June, Jackson told reporters he had mostly been out of contact with his Tampa Bay teammates during his suspension.

“Because of the rules and stipulations during my suspension when the league was in effect, and with the stuff that was going on afterwards I didn’t really communicate with a lot of players,” Jackson said. “This is my first time communicating and talking with a lot of the players since September of last year.”

Jackson was asked in June if he had returned to Syracuse University to train and stay in shape, but said that he chose to stay in Florida.

“No, I’ve actually been home alone,” Jackson said. “[Football] is a major part of my life and this is a great feeling to be back out here with the team. That’s the most important thing for me right now – to get back out there.”

Last modified on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 14:49
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    Scubdog - great - lol!!
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    He's "battled" marijuana use? Really, Scott? Nobody battles marijuana use...you either do it or you don't, it's that simple. But I digress... Glad to have him back! Lets hope he can be quick about shaking off the rust of not playing for over a year. GO BUCS!
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    HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!
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    Best one yet Scubog! Welcome back T-Jack, we missed ya man!
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    As a Syracuse alum and a Bucs fan - "YOU can do this Tanard"....we need you back more than ever! Do us proud!
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    Only a conspiracy theorist could forsee the FA LB move or that the T-Jack return was imminent. lol.
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    @ scubog, hilarious and classic, but glad to have T-jack back, much needed, hopefully he returns to form soon, has to be in starting line up after the bye week (probably couldn't do any worse if he started this week). I wonder if Dom and Rah consider this a free agent signing, mmmm?
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    Can we have him ready ASAP, wish it was 2 weeks ago..
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    I'm "toked", er stoked, that we might get our starting safety back. Let's get this "joint" rockin. Play-offs may not be a "pipe" dream anymore. There will surely be a "buzz" among the Buc fans. Jimmy Lake will have to "weed" out someone so T-Jack can get back on the roster. Maybe Dominik can "stash" someone on the Practice Squad. Tanard probably has to sign a few "papers" before getting outside on the "grass" at Bucs Place. We're on a "roll" now.
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    Scubog, very funny. I am still laughing.
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    Wow you really "burnt" him!
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    Best new since draft day! Hope he doesn't rush it and get injured, needs to take time get in game shape and then start JACK'N people up again. and get a pick or two, really lacking on those.
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    At least he's (was) a playmaker. We need some of those!
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    So JACKED!
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    Well Guys and Gals Iam glad Tampa got some good news today. IWATCH THE ENTIRE GAME EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST 8 MINUTES, I GOT DIRECT TV UP IN EASTERN TX, AND BOY WHAT IN THE WORLD DID SF DO, BUT EAT UP BUCS ALL OVER THE FIELD. MAYBE TAMPA NEEDS TO SIGN ANOTHER VETERAN RB TO HELP OUT SO THE BUCS WON'T GET INTERCEPTED EVERYTIME NOW THEY THROW,TAMPA MUST GET THE RUNNING BACK GOING AGIN, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A DBLE WING FAST RB'S IN THE BACKFIELD SO THE DEFENSE WOULD NOT KNOW WHICH RB WILL GET IT! GO BUCS
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    I imagine he will not be active this game or maybe even the next game because he has a lot of catching up to do. This will give the Coach time to make some decisions. Myron Lewis, I would pay close attention to this next game. You might be next man out.
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    yesssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cannot wait
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    GET HIM READY FOR SUNDAY.
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    Good news indeed! I hope he doesn't screw up this time.
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    Thank u God! We really need T Jack,cause i am not happy at all with our safeties or corners. He is bringing back that head hunter we need.
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    swagger.. really. Leadership is needed. But is their a leader on the defence side? Hum, thats a good question.
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    They already have plenty of swagger, its results that they are missing. Hopefully that he can bring.
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    Who needs people like Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, & Leroy Selmon to build your team with when you can have bums like Talib & Jackson.
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    This is a surprise to me, I thought he would be out much longer. I hope it works out for him.
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    Thank you Jesus!!! But why did it take a blowout loss to get to this point?? Welcome back man
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    This is GREAT news! Welcome back T-Jack! Hopefully he can bring some much needed swagger to the Defense!
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    You mean "stagger" correct, as that is what he is famous for............
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