Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Tanard Jackson: "I definitely let my team down"
Bucs safety Tanard Jackson returned to work Wednesday, saying the hardest part about his four-game suspension was watching his team play without him on Sundays.
"Every Sunday watching the game was the lowpoint for me,'' Jackson said. "Seeing these guys who I went to training camp and preseason with and the guys I've played with the past few years, seeing those guys and me being on the couch watching them. That was the lowpoint. Every Sunday.''
Jackson, who was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, has not been activated. The Bucs have a one-week roster exemption for Jackson should they choose to use it and can activate him as late as Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Jim Bates said Wednesday Jackson had an interception in practice and will play against the Eagles.
Jackson said he felt a responsibility to his teammates and let them down. The Bucs are 0-4 and ranked 31st in total defense.
"Being a starter on this defense, not only that, coming back and being look upon as a leader on the defense with experience, so I definitely felt I let my team down,'' Jackson said. "That's the thing I'm disappointed in myself the most. I disappointed myself, but your actions affect others around you and that's the thing that hit home with me.
"Just being away for those four weeks and having the time to reflect on the things I've done and how I hurt myself, how I hurt the people around me such as my teammates, coaches, people who had trust in me...just taking that time to reflect, that's what I've really been addressing.''
Jackson said he split time between Tampa and Syracuse working out on his own. He would not give details of the reason for his suspension.
"I really don't want to get into that,'' Jackson said. "I addressed it publicly. I apologized to everyone I needed to apologize to and now I want to move on.''