Bucs' Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL

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New York - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League on Wednesday for violating the league's Substances of Abuse Policy.

"Tanard is a talented young man whom we hope is able to use this year to put his troubles behind him and ultimately return a stronger man and player," Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said. "It's up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise."

The 25-year-old Jackson also missed the first four games of the 2009 regular season while serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy.

His suspension takes effect immediately and Jackson would be eligible for reinstatement beginning on September 22, 2011.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder has started all 46 games since Tampa Bay selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Syracuse. For his career, Jackson has eight interceptions -- two returned for touchdowns -- 204 tackles and 24 passes defensed.


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