Days after saying he was grateful for another chance to play in the NFL, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson was suspended a fourth time for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The league announced Wednesday that Jackson, who re-signed with the Washington Redskins in May, has been suspended indefinitely without pay.
The NFL reinstated him in May after a two-year suspension, and many expected it to be his final shot to play in the league.
In a recent Tampa Tribune story, Jackson said this time would be different in part because of the “humbling experience” of having to work “9 to 5” in a warehouse during his suspension.
“It was difficult,’’ he said. “You can imagine somebody getting taken away from something that they love to do and having to humble themselves after doing something wrong. That was me. I had to take responsibility for it and face the consequences.’’
Jackson, 28, was also suspended indefinitely in August 2012, four months after joining Washington as a free agent. He has never played a regular season game with the Redskins.
He had been participating in offseason workouts and minicamp with the Redskins but likely needed a strong training camp to make the roster.
“This is probably his last go around so he’s going to make the most of it,” new head coach Jay Gruden said before news of the suspension came down.
Jackson was suspended twice while playing for the Bucs: four games in 2009 and for 12 months starting in September 2010. He was released by Tampa Bay in the spring of 2012 after a failed physical.
He became a starter for the Bucs after being selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Syracuse.