FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The NFL announced on Wednesday that former Fresno State Quarterback Jake Haener has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season.
In a statement, the New Orleans Saints confirmed Haener was suspended:
“Jake Haener of the New Orleans Saints has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2023 regular season for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. Haener will be eligible to return to the Saints’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 16, following the team’s Week 6 game at Houston.”Statement from the New Orleans Saints
Officials say Haener was suspended for violating the NFL’s Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, but the exact nature of the substance used is unknown.
Haener posted his own statement on social media, revealing that he recently learned that he tested positive for a substance banned by the NFL earlier this summer:
“I still do not know how the substance got into my body, as none of my supplements or prescribed medications contain the banned ingredient. 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 distractions 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.”Jake Haener
Jake Haener was the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback for three seasons, 2020-2022. He was the Saints’ fourth-round draft pick this year.