WASHINGTON — Redskins safety Tanard Jackson, who spent the past five seasons with the Bucs before being released, was suspended indefinitely without pay Friday by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
This is Jackson's third drug-related suspension, the previous two coming during his Tampa Bay tenure. The 2007 fourth-round pick was banned for four games in 2009 and 12 months starting in September 2010.
The Bucs terminated Jackson's contract in April after he failed a physical. He signed a one-year deal with Washington a few days later, reuniting him with former Bucs coach Raheem Morris, now the defensive backs coach with the Redskins.
Jackson's suspension begins immediately. He can apply for reinstatement in one year.
PROMINENT CUTS: Backup quarterbacks were among the biggest names released as teams got down to their roster limits:
• Seneca Wallace, who lost the Browns backup job to Colt McCoy
• Mike Kafka, beaten out by Trent Edwards for the No. 3 QB spot with the Eagles
• Former Bucs backup Josh Johnson, San Francisco
• Brian Hoyer, New England
• Josh McCown, Chicago
• Sage Rosenfels, Minnesota
• Curtis Painter, Baltimore
Other veterans cut included Patriots receiver and 2005 Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, Steelers offensive tackle Trai Essex, Broncos cornerback Drayton Florence, Redskins running back Tim Hightower and Saints kicker John Kasay.
Teams had until Friday night to reach the 53-man maximum.
OFFICIAL LOCKOUT: The league and its on-field officials' union began negotiating again, hoping to end the lockout that resulted in replacement officials working the preseason. The league locked out the NFL Referees Association in June then hired replacements, whose work has been heavily criticized.
DEMPS TO IR: The Patriots placed former Florida star and U.S. Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps on injured reserve (knee).
TRADES: The Panthers acquired safety Colin Jones from the 49ers for a future unconditional draft pick. … The Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans acquired fullback Tyler Clutts from the Bears for cornerback Sherrick McManis.
JURISPRUDENCE: Former NFL and University of Miami player William Joseph pleaded guilty to federal charges arising out of an undercover FBI tax fraud investigation. Joseph, 32, faces a mandatory minimum two years in prison when he is sentenced in November. One of his co-defendants is ex-Buc running back Michael Bennett, Joseph's former Raiders teammate.
BILLS: Erie County (N.Y.) Executive Mark Poloncarz says lease negotiations with the team will continue as owner Ralph Wilson recuperates in a hospital. Wilson, 93, who founded the franchise, was in good condition.
BRONCOS: Defensive end Jeremy Beal (torn ligament, left knee) went on season-ending injured reserve.
CARDINALS: John Skelton, a former fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham, was named the starting quarterback over Kevin Kolb, who is in the second year of a five-year, $63.5 million deal.
DOLPHINS: Receiver Brian Hartline rejoined workouts after missing all four preseason games because of a left calf injury.
RAMS: Rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers, a first-round pick, will miss at least two weeks with a high right ankle sprain. And the team released Vernon Gholston, a defensive end signed last week who was picked No. 6 overall in 2008 by the Jets but washed out there after recording zero sacks in three seasons.
VIKINGS: The league fined rookie safety Harrison Smith $21,000 for a hit on Chargers receiver Mike Willie on Aug. 24.