NFL re-instates Tanard Jackson

Bucs Safety Tanard Jackson

After some troubled time, Bucs defensive back Tanard Jackson is ready to make his return to football.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that starting safety and Syracuse alum Tanard Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely in September of 2010 for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, is back with the team.

The team reported that the young defensive star said "it has been tough being out of the game because of all the relationships he had formed," the team said via Twitter. The team added that Jackson "appreciates the Bucs' support and says he is proud to have them in his corner."

The Bucs will have two weeks to make a decision whether or not to activate Jackson, who may see practice action during that time. The first game he will be eligible to play if he lands on the active roster is Week 9 at New Orleans, considering the team is on a bye during Week 8.

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Staying with the NFL theme, former Syracuse standout Delone Carter scored his first professional touchdown on Sunday against the Chiefs. He has been seeing increased playing time with the Colts as the season has progresses. Carter has 125 yards on 41 carries thus far, ranking seventh among all rookies in yards and he is tied for second in carries.

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