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Tanard Jackson back with Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins are washing their hands of Tanard Jackson.

According to the league's transaction notice, the team released the safety on Tuesday just hours after he was officially reinstated.

Jackson hasn't appeared in a game since 2011 following a second suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. He failed to take a regular-season snap for Washington, who signed him in 2012 with hopes that the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer would provide a boost in the secondary.

General manager Bruce Allen said of Jackson on Tuesday that "after we meet with him, we might give him a chance," per The Washington Post.

No dice, and it's possible Jackson won't find a new team after 56 career starts over seven seasons.

The Redskins, meanwhile, still need a talent infusion at the position beyond Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark. One of this year's top safety prospects would help, but Washington lacks a first-round pick for the second year in a row because of the expensive draft-day trade that helped them net Robert Griffin III two Aprils ago.

UPDATE: One day after releasing Jackson, the Redskins signed the safety on Wednesday, the team announced.

According to's John Keim, who first reported the news, the Redskins signed the 28-year-old to a cheaper contract, per a team source.

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