Are the Redskins putting Tanard Jackson in the rear view mirror?

A few weeks ago it appeared that the suspended safety might have a role with the 2013 Redskins. While that is still possible that he plays some for the Redskins this coming season, the actions and words of the team indicate that they are not counting on him.

Jackson is serving an indefinite suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. It is his third suspension for drugs.

The big action was, of course, drafting Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo last week. While it is always risky to count on a rookie being ready to start, especially fourth- and sixth-round picks like Thomas and Rambo were, respectively, the game does not appear to be too big for either player.

Shanahan hinted that the Redskins don’t have Jackson in their plans when asked about the safety situation after the conclusion of the team’s rookie camp on Sunday. He did mention that they had planned on Jackson starting last season but his name did not come up when discussing the picture for 2013.

There was some concern prior to the draft that since the team did not have a starting free safety and that none of the team’s very limited free agency resources were being devoted to solving the problem, they may have had to rely on Jackson out of necessity.

That would be a very risky proposition. The one-year anniversary of Jackson’s suspension is Aug. 31 but that is a Saturday, Monday is Labor Day so the earliest the NFL could consider reinstating him would be Sept. 3. That is just six days prior to the Redskins’ season opener. Before that he can't participate in OTA's or training camp; he can't have any communication with the team at all.

If the Redskins are interested in bringing back Jackson they would get a roster exemption of a few weeks. They could then work him out and see if they think he’s better than what they have on their roster at the time.