Tanard Jacksons indefinite suspension for violating the NFLs drug policy disappointed Mike Shanahan and caught the Redskins off guard, the coach said Saturday.To be honest with you, usually the organization is the last to know, Shanahan said. Youve got to go through the league office. Theyre very secretive. They dont give you a whole lot of details.Jackson, a safety who had put himself in position to secure a spot on Washingtons 53-man roster, was suspended for at least a year after failing his third drug test since 2009, the NFL announced Friday. The 27-year-old Silver Spring native wont be eligible for reinstatement until next year.I was disappointed because I really like the guy, Shanahan said. I like who he is. I like the way he worked. The guys never been arrested in his life. Im just really disappointed for him. Obviously hes made some mistakes, but Im just disappointed for the guy.Shanahan also acknowledged that Jacksons absence from practice Monday was indeed related to the forthcoming suspension. The Redskins, however, did not learn of Jacksons suspension until Friday, which forced the front office to adjust last minute. Jacksons vacated spot likely was filled by rookie Jordan Bernstine.One guy is going to make your football team then obviously hes not and hes off your roster, Shanahan said. Youve got another spot, so you adjust.Jackson has been placed on the reservesuspended list.
The Redskins' joint practices with the Jets have been nothing short of entertaining.
Day 1 of practice brought a couple of brawls between the two teams, with one spilling into the sideline where fans were standing.
Day 2 was relatively calm, but Day 3 has brought another altercation, this time between former teammates Terrelle Pryor and DJ Swearinger.
During a one-on-one rep, safety Monte Nicholson broke up a pass to Pryor. As Pryor started walking back to the sideline, a very hyped-up DJ Swearinger had more than a few things to say about it. As the two inched closer, Swearinger fakes a punch, causing Pryor to flinch and creating roars from the Redskins sideline.
It's clear the Redskins' DBs have strong feelings towards their ex-teammate. Back in June, inside linebacker Zach Brown said the 'Skins would "have it out" for Pryor during their joint practices.
While Pryor won't be playing in Thursday's preseason game, let's hope the competition continues over nonetheless.
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RICHMOND—Orlando Scandrick’s career with the Redskins ended without him even playing a game.
Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed reports that the team has released Scandrick on the last day of training camp. He did not play in the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Patriots last Thursday.
While reasons for the release will become clearer with time, it is apparent that the Redskins have a great deal of faith in their young cornerbacks, particularly second-year player Fabian Moreau. With Scandrick on the team, Moreau was slated to be the backup slot corner. With Scandrick now gone, the Redskins likely will go with Moreau as the slot cornerback.
The team also apparently has confidence in Quinton Dunbar to start opposite Josh Norman. They also like rookies Greg Stroman, Adonis Alexander, and Danny Johnson. As of now, those three are the backups at cornerback.
Scandrick signed a two-year, $7 million contract in March. The only guaranteed money was a $1 million signing bonus. The move will save the Redskins $2.1 million in cap space this year. They will take a $500,000 dead cap hit next year to account for the prorated portion of the signing bonus.
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This article has been updated from a previous publish.