Willie Snead Suspended Three Games

The NFL suspended New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead for the first three games of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The suspension resulted from an offseason DUI charge. Snead was originally suspended four games, but that was reduced to three after appeal.

Snead had 72 receptions for 894 yards and four touchdowns last season, when he played in 15 games, including four starts.

"Obviously when it involves a player suspension to start the season ... you have to adjust your roster accordingly," Saints coach Sean Payton said, according to ESPN.com. "But we are aware of it, on top of it, and that will factor into how we go into planning the early part of this season."

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis issued a statement, which read: "We are aware of the news regarding Willie Snead's suspension. Our focus is on finalizing our roster and preparing for the beginning of the 2017 regular season and working with the players on our team."

Snead, 24, was expected to be a major component of the Saints' offense this season after Brandin Cooks was traded to the New England Patriots. Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. look like the starters and wide receiver, and Brandon Coleman and Tommylee Lewis are likely to be the backups.

Veteran receiver Corey Fuller was placed on injured reserve Friday with an unspecified injury.

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