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The New Orleans Saints waived WR Kawaan Baker on Monday, according to ESPN NFL insider Field Yates. Baker was suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

New Orleans obtained a roster waiver for Baker while he was suspended. After his reinstatement, a roster decision had to be made.

Baker, a seventh pick from South Alabama in the 2021 NFL Draft, appeared in two games for the Saints as a rookie. He spent the rest of the year on the training team and had a solid training camp this summer before the suspension.

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Baker didn’t see a snap on the offensive side but played 27 snaps on special teams. He had 118 receptions for 1,727 yards and 15 touchdowns in his last three collegiate seasons at South Alabama.

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The Saints were without injured wideouts Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, Jarvis Landry and Deonte Harty in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati. Thomas has missed the last three games with a foot injury and is expected to be sidelined for Thursday’s game in Arizona.

Landry has been out for the past two weeks with an ankle injury and will likely be out against the Cardinals as well. Harty was placed on injured reserve after a toe injury he sustained in week five against Seattle. He will miss at least four games.

08/13/2022; New Orleans Saints receiver Kawaan Baker (87) is chasing a catch against the Houston Texans. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Olave sat out Sunday after suffering a concussion against Seattle but is expected to play against Arizona. He is the team’s leading receiver with 25 receptions for 389 yards in five games.

Without their top three receivers, the Saints Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith started in position against the Bengals. Keith Kirkwood was the third receiver, with undrafted rookie Rashid Shaheed and veteran journeyman Kevin White rounding out the list. Shaheed returned kicks and made an end-around for a 44-yard touchdown.

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