Tanard Jackson starting for Bucs

October, 16, 2011
10/16/11
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TAMPA, Fla. – After practicing just three days in the last 56 weeks, safety Tanard Jackson will be in Tampa Bay’s starting lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Jackson was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, after serving a suspension of slightly more than one year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Jackson returned to practice Wednesday and the Bucs made the decision to activate him to the 53-man roster Friday.

Cody Grimm, who had been starting at the free safety spot, already is out for the season with an injury. The Bucs had been getting by with Corey Lynch and Larry Asante sharing playing time at that spot.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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