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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
GM: Safety return won't impact plans

By John Keim

The return of Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson won't impact the team's draft plans.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Jackson, who was reinstated by the NFL Tuesday, would take a physical and then meet with team officials.

Allen said after the meeting, then "we might give him a chance, yes."

Jackson was suspended indefinitely on Aug. 31, 2012, for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Word of his reinstatement leaked Monday, though it had been in the works for a while.

The Redskins view Jackson as a potential bonus: If he can play, that's fine -- but they're not counting on anything. The safety class is not considered deep so they might not have selected one high regardless of Jackson, but there are some intriguing ones later in the draft.

"It won't affect the draft at all," Allen said. "When he was suspended, we understood he had to comply with a lot of rules and regulations. It's a compliment to him that he still has a desire to play."