Tanard Jackson arrived at Redskins Park on Tuesday morning after being conditionally reinstated by the NFL.
Whether the veteran safety actually gets a shot with the Redskins after serving a two-year suspension for violating the league’s drug policy a third time, well, that's TBD, according to General Manager Bruce Allen.
“Later today, he’ll be taking his physical exam,” Allen said during a late morning news conference in Ashburn, Va. “And if he meets all of those conditions that the NFL has laid out for him, and after meeting with him, we might give him a chance, yes.”
Jackson, 28, has not appeared in a game since the end of the 2011 season with the Buccaneers. He was signed by the Redskins prior to the 2012 season but was suspended indefinitely by the league in August of that year. He remains under contract with the Redskins.
If he meets the conditions of reinstatement, Jackson will be the eighth safety on the roster, joining Brandon Meriweather, Ryan Clark, Phillip Thomas, Bacarri Rambo, Trenton Robinson, Jose Gumbs and Akeem Davis.
Jackson’s potential return, Allen said, will not affect how the Redskins approach this week’s draft with regard to the safety position.
“It won’t affect the draft at all,” Allen said. “When he was suspended we understood that he had to comply with a lot of rules and regulations that the league and players’ association agreed to. It’s a compliment that he still has a desire to play. I look forward to talking to him and having the coaches talk to him.”