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After working in a warehouse, thrice-suspended Redskins S Jackson thankful for another chance

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks past head coach Jay Gruden during their NFL organized team activity at Redskins training facility, May 29, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks past head coach Jay Gruden during their NFL organized team activity at Redskins training facility, May 29, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with quarterback Robert Griffin III  as they pass by each other during an NFL organized team activity at the Redskins training facility Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

    Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with quarterback Robert Griffin III as they pass by each other during an NFL organized team activity at the Redskins training facility Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)  (The Associated Press)

Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson says he worked 9-to-5 in a warehouse to support his family during his latest NFL suspension, and that motivated him to get his act together.

Jackson was reinstated this month after his third suspension, this one lasting 20 months for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was on the field this week for the Redskins' first full set of offseason practices with rookies and veterans together.

Jackson says he had doubts whether he would be allowed to play again. He says he's made a "lifestyle change" to stay out of trouble.

Coach Jay Gruden says Jackson is probably getting a "last go-round" to remain in the league. He says Jackson's in better shape that the team would have expected.

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