Washington defensive back Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely on Friday for violating the NFL's drug policy, according to FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer, dealing a significant blow to the Redskins' secondary.
Jackson is subject to review next year, but is trying to appeal the suspension, Glazer said. This is Jackson's third career suspension. He missed four games during the 2009 season and then was banned for the rest of 2010-11 after appearing in the first two games of the year.
Jackson appeared in 10 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, recording 32 tackles and two interceptions. He, Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams were brought in this summer to compete with holdovers Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes.
Meriweather missed the last three preseason games with a swollen knee, but should return to start at strong safety in the opener. Williams, seven-year starter with Cincinnati and Minnesota before serving as a backup in San Francisco last year, has been at free safety since camp began.
Jackson, who had started throughout his five years in Tampa Bay, was expected to be the first safety off the bench because of his ability to play both spots.