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Hamstring strain sidelines Jackson again as Bucs prepare to play without him vs. Packers



The long layoff is taking its toll on safety Tanard Jackson.

After not playing football for 56 weeks while he was suspended from the NFL, Jackson made an immediate impact with two interceptions in his first two games after being reinstated Oct. 11.

But Jackson injured his left hamstring during an interception return against the Chicago Bears in London Oct. 23., and has been limited ever since. For the second straight day, Jackson was unable to practice -- and if he isn't well enought to return to work today -- most likely will not play at Green Bay Sunday. 

"I’m not in the preservation mode. He’s hurting,'' Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. "He’s been fighting for awhile and he hasn’t been able to practice the last two days. We’ve got to see if he’s got anything going tomorrow and if not, we’ve got to get ready to go with Larry Asante and (Corey) Lynch.

“They both know both positions. They’ve done a great job of being here and being part of the system. We put them in the last game, due to unfortunate circumstances, we got to see them both play. They both gave us physical play, they both run to the football and they give you what you want. They both earned the right to split that. I want to get them out there if they have an opportunity to play to see who can separate themselves from each other. Hopefully, we won’t see it. But if we have to, those guys will be ready.''


[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:37pm]


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