The NFL has mastered the art of the suspension.
Last week, the NFL handed down three separate suspensions right before the 4th of July holiday weekend began.
Today, in the midst of LeBron-Watch 2014, they've handed down another suspension when fewer people will be paying attention.
The league announced Wednesday that Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Jackson had missed the last two seasons because of suspensions. The Redskins had just brought him back this offseason when he was reinstated from the latest suspension.
In September of 2010, Jackson was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a violation of their substance abuse policy. Because the suspension was Tanard's second violation (he missed the first four games in the previous season due to a violation), he was declared ineligible for reinstatement until September 22, 2011, ending his season after two games and 13 tackles.
He was reinstated on the 11th of October 2011. Jackson was released by the Buccaneers during the 2012 offseason after he failed a physical. The Redskins were willing to give him another shot, but was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance policy in 2012. After serving a year and a half long suspension, the NFL announced that Jackson would be officially reinstated this offseason, but he just burned that bridge.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Jackson out of Syracuse in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. A converted college cornerback, Jackson started all 16 games as a rookie for a club that won the NFC South behind one of the league's top defenses.