Rob Jackson suspended four games

Rob Jackson suspended four games
March 20, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Rob Jackson suspended four games by the NFL

Last week, Rob Jackson signed a new one-year contract with the Redskins.

According to a report, he could be losing a chunk of the money that he was going to earn due to a suspension.

The NFL has confirmed that Jackson will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance policy. The Washington Post reported, and other media outlets have confirmed, that Jackson't suspension was due to an unprescribed pain medication.

Howard Balzer of Sirius XM NFL Radio, who first reported the suspension, said that Jackson will be able to participate in the team's offseason, training camp, and preseason games. 

Jackson was drafted by the Redskins in 2008 and he spent much of his first four years with the team on the practice squad and playing special teams. He got an opportunity for extended playing time on defense when Brian Orakpo was injured in the second game of the season and Jackson responded well. The Kansas State product intercepted four passes including one in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys that helped the Redskins clinch the NFC East title in the regular season finale. He also had 4.5 sacks.

Orakpo should be back for the start of the regular season so the impact of Jackson's suspension will be minimized if he can stay healthy. 

According to reports, Jackson will lose $168,235 of his base salary due to the suspension.