New Orleans Saints rookie quarterback Jake Haener has been suspended for the first six games of the 2023 NFL season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The suspension was announced by the NFL on Wednesday. Haener, who was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, is not expected to play in the team’s first six games of the season, which begin on September 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Haener is the first player to be suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy in 2023. The league’s policy prohibits players from using any substance that is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, including steroids, stimulants, and masking agents.
Haener has not commented on his suspension. The Saints have said that they will not appeal the suspension.
The suspension is a blow to the Saints, who were hoping that Haener could be a backup to starting quarterback Derek Carr. Haener is a talented quarterback who showed promise during the preseason. However, he will now have to sit out the first six games of the season.
The Saints also have Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill on their quarterback depth chart. Winston is the team’s most experienced quarterback, while Hill is a versatile player who can play multiple positions.
The Saints will need one of these quarterbacks to step up in Haener’s absence. The team is hoping to make a playoff run in 2023, and a strong performance from their backup quarterback will be essential to their success.
In a statement, Haener said that he was “disappointed” by the suspension but that he would “accept the consequences” and “work hard to get back on the field.”
He added, “I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, and the Saints fans for my actions. I know that I have let them down.”
The suspension is a setback for Haener’s career, but he still has the opportunity to make a significant impact in the NFL. He will have to learn from his mistake and prove that he can be a reliable quarterback.