Over a year and a half after he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for failing a drug test, free safety Tanard Jackson is set to be reinstated by commissioner on Roger Goodell on Tuesday.
An NFL spokesman confirmed that the Washington Redskins have been informed Jackson will be removed from the reserve/suspended list, giving them ample time before the start of the NFL draft on Thursday to prepare for his return.
Jackson, 28, signed a one-year contract with the Redskins in April 2012, and the team retained his rights through the terms of the suspension, which began on Aug. 31 of that year. He’ll return to a secondary that could benefit from the addition of a potential starter.
Whether Jackson is that player remains to be seen. He has not played in a regular-season game since Jan. 1, 2012, when he had one tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 45-24 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17.
His last game appearance was on Aug. 25, 2012, when he had five tackles and broke up a pass in the Redskins‘ 30-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason game at FedEx Field. He has never played in a regular-season game for the Redskins.
He has not played a full season since 2008, when he finished consecutive seasons as the Buccaneers’ starting free safety. He was first suspended for drug-related issues in 2009, when he played in 12 games, and he played in only two games in 2010 after being suspended for a calendar year.
After returning for the final 10 games in 2011, he sustained a tear in one of his rotator cuffs, which required surgery that limited him during offseason workouts in his first spring with the Redskins.
A Potomac native who attended The Bullis School before playing in college at Syracuse, Jackson spent this past season as a volunteer assistant football coach at Gonzaga High School in Washington.
CBS Sports first reported Jackson’s looming reinstatement on Monday afternoon.