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Question: #HailMail Is Rob Jackson expexted to start after coming off suspension?
Answer: In a rivalry where anything can happen, few things are as certain not to occur as Rob Jackson starting in his first week back from suspension.
That's not a knock on Jackson--he's a very talented player and the Redskins re-signed him this offseason even as news of his four-game suspension was known. Last year was a breakout year for the outside linebacker and he had some of his best performances against the Dallas Cowboys, including a game-winning interception in Week 17.
But Rob Jackson has had exactly three regular season practices since January. He went through offseason workouts, training camp and a full preseason slate, and then he has been unable to practice with teammates for a month.
Unlike Jarvis Jenkins and most suspended players, Jackson actually had the benefit of being permitted to be around the facilities while he was under suspension. That does not mean that there will not be a degree of rust to overcome before being in midseason form.
Jackson is a valuable contributor to defense and special teams, but he sits behind Brian Orakpo on the team's depth chart, and that's likely where he will stay barring injury. The Redskins are lucky to have a pair of veteran reserve outside linebackers with Jackson and Darryl Tapp, but they are role players in this defense.
Head coach Mike Shanahan said that both Jackson and Jenkins will be evaluated through Saturday's walk-through to determine if they can contribute to the team's gameplan on Sunday. Shanahan acknowledged that Jackson was sharp thanks to his time around the facility, but if either player is not 100 percent, they will be deactivated ahead of the team's Week 6 matchup.
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