- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Redskins reserve outside linebacker Rob Jackson is facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday.

The substance for which Jackson tested positive was a component of an unprescribed pain medication, one person said. Jackson’s appeal of the suspension is ongoing, according to the other source.

Jackson recently re-signed a one-year deal with the Redskins. The team and player were aware of the league’s discipline before Jackson re-signed, according to multiple sources.

Jackson, 27, started 14 games last season after first-string outside linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a season-ending torn left pectoral muscle. He improved in all areas, particularly in run defense, as he amassed playing experience.

He had 4.5 sacks and four interceptions, including a fourth-quarter interception of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo that helped the Redskins clinch the NFC East division championship in the season finale.

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