New Orleans Saints draftee Barry Word was one of 26 players selected in Tuesday's NFL draft who tested positive for drug use, according to today's editions of The Times-Picayune, The States Item of New Orleans.

Word, University of Virginia running back chosen in the third round, showed only a slight trace of marijuana in his system in a test administered in January at the NFL scouting combines workout camp in New Orleans, the newspaper said, citing "sources familiar with the test results."

Word, who had not been notified of results of the NFL drug testing, said he was surprised and disappointed to learn his name was on the list.

"I don't know how it happened," said Word. "It would have to go back a long way.

"I don't even remember exactly when I last smoked it . . . probably during Thanksgiving vacation." That would have been just after he was removed from the Virginia varsity for failure to conform to the terms of academic probation. "It was once in a while, recreational use. I wasn't dependent on it."

Fifty-seven players among the scouting camp's 338 participants reportedly tested positive for marijuana or cocaine use.