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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 5-12-0

2021 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 34 2.0 0 0 0

Top David Onyemata News

  • Saints' David Onyemata: Suspension lifted

    Onyemata's suspension was lifted Tuesday, and the Saints will receive a roster exemption for him through Nov. 1, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

    During the offseason, Onyemata was suspended for six games for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. The suspension couldn't have come at a worst time for the 2016 fourth-round pick, as he finished 2020 with career-highs in tackles (44), QB hits (16) and sacks (6.5). He will look to regain that form when he joins the Saints for their Week 8 divisional clash with the Buccaneers.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: Suspended for six games

    Onyemata will be suspended for six games for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Onyemata released a statement Friday morning on Instagram suggesting he may have accidentally consumed a banned substance in one of his supplements. It leaves the Saints even thinner at one of their weakest positions, after veteran DTs Malcom Brown and Sheldon Rankins signed with other teams earlier this offseason. And now Onyemata will be out until Week 8, though he's free to participate in all activities -- including training camp and the preseason -- up until Week 1. The 2016 fourth-round pick finished 2020 with career highs for tackles (44), QB hits (16) and sacks (6.5), outplaying Rankins (a 2016 first-rounder) for the second straight year.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: Suspended for start of season

    Onyemata revealed Friday that he'll be suspended for part of the 2021 season after testing positive for a banned substance, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

    Onyemata didn't elaborate on the length of his suspension, but recent PED bans (WR Will Fuller, CB Bradley Roby) suggest it could be up to six games. The 28-year-old defensive tackle made 30 starts for New Orleans over the past two seasons, including a 2020 breakout with career highs for tackles (44), QB hits (16) and sacks (6.5). The Saints already had issues with depth at defensive tackle after losing Malcom Brown (to the Jaguars) and Sheldon Rankins (to the Jets) earlier this offseason. The current roster doesn't offer much experience at defensive tackle behind projected starters Onyemata and Shy Tuttle.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: Career year in 2020

    Onyemata recorded 44 tackles (20 solo), 6.5 sacks, two passes defended and an interception across 15 regular-season games in 2020.

    Those numbers were all career highs for the fifth-year man, who's spent his entire career with New Orleans. He's been a key contributor on defense since entering the NFL, and he'll look to set new career-best numbers when he returns to New Orleans in 2021.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: Records sack in win

    Onyemata totaled four tackles (two solo) and a sack in the Saints' 21-16 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

    Onyemata recorded just one tackle in Week 12, though he was much more involved in this one, piling up four tackles and registering his sixth sack of the year. He'll look to add to that career-high total in Week 14 against the Eagles.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: Two sacks Sunday

    Onyemata produced three tackles (all solo), including two sacks, in the Saints' 24-9 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

    With the performance, Onyemata brought his season sack total to five and set a new career season high, eclipsing his mark of 4.5 set in 2018. A matchup with Denver in Week 12 offers a chance to add to that total.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: First career interception

    Onyemata recorded an interception in the Saints' 38-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

    The big man nabbed his first career interception Sunday, salvaging an otherwise uneventful day. Through eight games, Onyemata is well on his way to a career year in his fifth NFL season.

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  • Saints' David Onyemata: Another sack in victory

    Onyemata totaled five tackles (one solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss in the Saints' 26-23 OT win over the Bears on Sunday.

    Onyemata isn't a volume tackler, but he's now racked up three sacks through six games played. He'll carry plenty of pass-rushing upside into a Week 9 battle against Tampa Bay.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 300 lbs
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Age: 29
School: Manitoba (Canada)
Experience: 7