Buccaneers activate Tanard Jackson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced they have activated safety Tanard Jackson to their 53-man roster, meaning he can play in Sunday’s game with New Orleans.



Jackson was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday after being suspended for more than a year following a repeat violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Bucs had a roster exemption that allowed them to let Jackson practice for two weeks before activating him.

But there’s urgency to get Jackson onto the field because his replacement Cody Grimm is out with a season-ending injury. Corey Lynch and Larry Asante have been sharing the safety spot opposite Sean Jones. Before the suspension, Jackson was considered a rising star and some said he was the best safety in the NFC South.