The hits simply preserve coming. NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill first reported that All-Professional Saints return specialist Deonte Harris was arrested earlier in July for allegedly driving inebriated. The Athletic’s Larry Holder and ESPN’s Mike Triplett confirmed this, citing Maryland court docket data that clocked him driving 77 miles per hour in a 55-miles per hour zone in a single day on July 16. The case stays open.
It’s a tricky blow. Harris was anticipated to tackle a much bigger position with the New Orleans offense this 12 months even earlier than information of Michael Thomas’ extended absence got here to mild. Of the 5 large receivers to attract 25-plus targets final 12 months, solely two (Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway, who mixed for 77 targets) stay following Emmanuel Sanders’ launch again in March.
Whereas no suspension for Harris has been handed down from the league workplace simply but, his teammate P.J. Williams served a two-game suspension a couple of years in the past for his personal DUI incident, though it fell underneath Louisiana laws, not Maryland’s. That precedent suggests Harris might be unavailable for Week 1’s residence opener with the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Week 2’s highway journey towards the Carolina Panthers.
The excellent news is that Callaway ought to be well-suited to fill in for Harris on particular groups. He stepped into the returner position when Harris missed a few video games with damage in 2020, averaging 11.1 yards per punt return (Harris had 12.2) and 23.5 yards per kickoff return (Harris had 27.5). There are fewer choices to replace his game-breaking speed on offense, but former Tulane speedster Jalen McCleskey is a candidate.