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Report: Tanard Jackson reinstated by NFL

Redskins Training camp

ASHBURN VA AUGUST 1: Washington Redskins’ safety Brandon Meriweather, left, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, center, and safety Tanard Jackson, right, catch passes on the 6th day of training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA August 1 2012 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Safety Tanard Jackson hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2011 season, but he’ll reportedly have a chance to resume his stalled career on Tuesday.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that the Redskins have been informed that Jackson will be reinstated from a suspension related to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Redskins signed Jackson in 2012, but he never played a game for the team after getting suspended before the start of that season. He became eligible for reinstatement last year, but was never made available to Washington.

The Redskins needed help at safety when they signed Jackson and they still need it. If he does have something left, Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather aren’t the most imposing pair in the league. Whether or not he still has it won’t be known for quite some time, though, so the Redskins probably aren’t changing any draft plans they’ve already made.

Jackson started 56 games in five seasons with the Buccaneers with 10 interceptions and five forced fumbles.