Former Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener will have to wait more time than anticipated to make his NFL debut.
Tuesday, the NFL announced Haener has been suspended for six games without pay for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The big picture: The NFL did not reveal what substance was found in Haener’s system.
- Haener played for Fresno State for four seasons and was selected by the Saints in the 4th round of the 2023 NFL Draft, joining former Bulldog Derek Carr on the roster.
- The quarterback was set to make $750,000 in his base salary during his rookie year. The six-game suspension will see Haener forfeit $250,000 to compensate for the games that he will be held out of.
- Haener was not likely to see much playing time this year anyways, sitting behind Carr and last year’s starter Jameis Winston on the depth chart.
- He did get playing time in the Saints’ three preseason games, completing 38 of 72 passes for 395 yards and 1 touchdown while also tossing 3 interceptions.
What they’re saying: Following the announcement, Haener released a statement on X denying taking any performance enhancing drugs knowingly.
- He also revealed that the drug test occurred earlier this summer and he only learned about it recently.
- “I still do not know how the substance got into my body, as none of my supplements or prescribed medications contain the banned ingredient,” Haener said. “I would never knowingly cheat the game that I love, however I must take full responsibility for the failed test. I apologize to the Saints organization, my friends and my family for any distraction this suspension may cause. I am disappointed to be away from the team for the coming weeks, but I will learn and grow from this experience. I look forward to returning to the team as soon as possible.”