The New Orleans Saints will be without their fourth-string quarterback for the first six games of the 2023 season.
Per Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football,, rookie quarterback Jake Haener has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s policy on PEDs. This means he won’t be eligible to return until Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New Orleans drafted Haener in the fourth round (127th overall) back in April. He is listed behind starter Derek Carr, second-stringer Jameis Winston and utility man Taysom Hill on the Saints’ QB depth chart.
In his final season at Fresno State, Haener completed 72.0 percent of pass attempts for 2,896 yards and 20 touchdowns against only three interceptions.
The Saints open their 2023 season with a home contest against the Tennessee Titans, followed by road games against the Carolina Panthers (on Monday night) and Green Bay Packers. They’ll return home for a Week 4 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before traveling northeast for a meeting with the New England Patriots.
New Orleans will then come back down south to visit the Houston Texans before hosting the Jaguars’ on Thursday night.
The Saints are the consensus favorite to win the NFC South division crown, thanks largely to Tom Brady’s retirement. They signed Carr to a four-year deal worth $150 million, hoping his arrival will help the club end a three-year postseason drought. And more.
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