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New Orleans Saints WR Deonte Harris likely to serve three-game suspension in near future

Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris (11) and Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Jayon Brown (55) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris will likely have to serve a three-game suspension in the near future stemming from an offseason DUI arrest in Maryland when his blood-alcohol level was over three times the legal limit.

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Harris leads the Saints with 427 receiving yards on the year and is also a dynamic contributor on special teams, ranking fifth in average punt return yards per attempt since 2020 (12.0) and second in the NFL in forced missed tackles per punt return since 2020 (0.5, min. 10 attempts).

Deonte Harris’ grades and production in 2021 | By week
Week Receiving Grade Yards Per Route Run Threat Rate
1 83.4 4.8 13.33%
2 61.9 0.47 10.53%
3 80.3 2.07 20%
4 74.4 2.74 42.11%
5 93.8 36 50%
8 73.3 1.84 36.84%
9 76.1 2.6 40%
10 78.6 4.05 22.73%
11 58.7 0.46 20.83%
12 60.9 0.5 22.22%

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The Saints are already without star-wideout Michael Thomas for the season and lost emerging young tight end Adam Trautman to injury for the next 4-6 weeks. New Orleans' next-leading receiver, Marquez Callaway, has 396 receiving yards so far in 2021, which ranks tied for 69th in the NFL. Star running back Alvin Kamara has missed consecutive weeks as well.

The Saints are coming off their fourth straight defeat, and their chances of making the playoffs fell to 40%, per PFF's power rankings before Thursday's blowout home loss to the Buffalo Bills. New Orleans is no longer in the NFC playoff picture for the first time this season, as the San Francisco 49ers are the current seventh seed.

The Saints will play on Thursday again next week, as they host the Dallas Cowboys.

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