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New Orleans Saints DT David Onyemata suspended six games

Saints defensive line gets even thinner with Onyemata suspended.

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An already thin New Orleans Saints defensive line has taken a huge blow. Rising star DT David Onyemata has been suspended without pay for the first six (6) games of the 2021 regular season. He announced on Instagram that he tested positive for a banned substance. He said he and others are “currently in the process of testing the supplements” he was taking. An appeal could be coming from Onyemata soon but regardless the Saints will be down their best defensive tackle for some time to start the 2021 season.

The Saints lost DTs Sheldon Rankins to the New York Jets and traded Malcom Brown to the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason and now will miss David Onyemata to suspension. He will be able to participate in training camp and preseason according the NFL’s statement.

As it stands right now his return will come after the week 7 game against Seattle. This isn't his first suspension either, in 2019 he was suspended one game for possession of marijuana in his home.

With now a huge hole at DT, the Saints' offseason shopping list has become more urgent. The Saints will need an Onyemata replacement and a CB2 starter.


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