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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Saints starting defensive tackle Jackson suspended for one game


NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints suspended defensive tackle Grady Jackson for one game on Tuesday, meaning he will miss Sunday's game against defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.

Saints officials said Jackson was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team" but offered no details.

"We're disappointed that he violated a team rule," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "But I really don't want to get into it more than that."

He was suspended without pay, Loomis said, meaning the suspension will cost Jackson the equivalent of one-sixteenth of his salary.

Jackson and his agent Bus Cook did not return calls from the Associated Press.

Jackson missed Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers after surgery to correct a sprained ligament in small finger of his left hand.

Coach Jim Haslett and other team officials believe Jackson could have played with the injury. Jackson, who's pushing 370 pounds, had surgery Wednesday to reattach the ligament.

"Every individual is different," Haslett said. "If a player can handle it, then he can play."