|Jackson should help the Bucs secondary. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Thirteen months ago, the NFL suspended Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
At the time, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said “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. It's up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise.”
Tuesday, Jackson, who worked out with teammates during the lockout, was reinstated, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Jackson, a 2007 fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, was suspended for four games in 2009 for the same issues that got him the year-long suspension last year. Jackson has started 46 career games, all with the Bucs, and the only games he missed were due to the aforementioned suspensions.
Tampa Bay's defense could use Jackson, too. Cody Grimm, who replaced Jackson last season, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury last month. And Sunday in San Francisco, the Bucs suffered a 48-3 throttling at the hands of the resurgent 49ers.
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