Saints’ Kawaan Baker suspended six games for PED violation

Saints’ Kawaan Baker suspended six games for PED violation

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Kawaan Baker’s chances of making the 53-man roster this season just got a lot slimmer. 

The New Orleans Saints wide receiver was handed a six-game suspension without pay on Tuesday for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy, the team said in a statement. 

Saints wide receiver Kawaan Baker rushes against the Atlanta Falcons at Caesar's Superdome on Nov. 7, 2021, in New Orleans.

Saints wide receiver Kawaan Baker rushes against the Atlanta Falcons at Caesar’s Superdome on Nov. 7, 2021, in New Orleans. (Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The second-year wideout will be eligible to return on Oct. 17, following the Saints’ Week 6 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

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The suspension doesn’t bode well for Baker, who was already facing a stacked wide receivers pool after the offseason additions of five-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry and first-round draft pick Chris Olave. 

Veteran Michael Thomas, the 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, is also back and healthy after missing most of the 2021 season with an ankle injury. 

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas sits on the bench during the Ravens game on Aug. 14, 2021, in Baltimore.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas sits on the bench during the Ravens game on Aug. 14, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

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The Saints also brought back 2018 third-round pick Tre’Quan Smith, who re-signed with the team in March on a two-year, $6 million contract. 

Baker, who played in college for South Alabama, was New Orleans’ seventh-round draft choice in 2021. He spent the bulk of his first NFL campaign on the Saints’ practice squad. Baker played in late-season games against Miami and Carolina, making one tackle on special teams. He did not play any offensive snaps.

Kawaan Baker during the South Alabama Jaguars-Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns game on Nov. 14, 2020, at Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

Kawaan Baker during the South Alabama Jaguars-Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns game on Nov. 14, 2020, at Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana.  (Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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It was not immediately clear if Baker would appeal the suspension. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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