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
Jackson and his agent Bus Cook did not return calls from the
Jackson missed Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers after
surgery to correct a sprained ligament in small finger of his left
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."