Redskins defensive players Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson return from 4-game suspensions

The Washington Redskins have welcomed back two players who have completed drugs-related suspensions.

Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson were restored to the 53-man roster Tuesday after being banned for the first four games of the season.

Jenkins tested positive for a banned performance enhancing substance, while Jackson was suspended under the NFL's drug abuse policy. The rules permitted Jackson to be at Redskins Park during his suspension, while Jenkins wasn't allowed to have contact with the team.

Both should provide a boost to a defense ranked next-to-league in the league. Jenkins is expected to regain his starting spot on the defensive line, while Jackson can spell outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo.

The Redskins also released defensive end Phillip Merling and kicker John Potter.


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