Biggs: Bucs will get S Tanard Jackson back in action

It’s no surprise that Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris is turning to help for his beleaguered defense as fast as he can.

Morris announced Friday that free safety Tanard Jackson, who was suspended for the first four games for violation of the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, will play Sunday at Philadelphia in the first game he is eligible to return to action.

“Tanard's playing,’’ Morris said. “How much will be determined by the coaching staff at some point here, how often. He looked good this week, came back, looked like he was in shape. He's been doing the right things, obviously. He had no problem with the heat. It was great. We got a record-breaking week (of temperatures) for him so it was good to get him out there and run him around.”

Morris said a decision on whether or not Jackson will start has not been made yet. Jackson started the first 32 games of his career with the Bucs. The club had received a one-week roster exemption from commissioner Roger Goodell for Jackson, so they will need to make a roster move in order to elevate Jackson. That will come today.

As bad as the Bucs have been on offense (it’s never going to be good when the coordinator is fired less than two weeks prior to the start of the season), the defense has been awful, and it was Morris who dismantled the Tampa Two in favor of a new scheme with Jim Bates. The Bucs rank 31st in the league overall, allowing nearly 400 yards per game.

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