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59 James Onwualu LB

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August 4, 2021 12:00 AM
James Onwualu: Retires from football
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu was placed on the reserve/retired list by the Raiders on Monday.

Onwualu was in camp competing for a roster spot but will instead hang up his cleats. The 26-year-old totaled 10 tackles in 16 career games between the Chargers, 49ers and Raiders in three seasons.

September 2, 2020 09:48 PM
Panthers' James Onwualu: Joins Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carolina signed Onwualu (knee) to a contract Wednesday.

Onwualu spent the entire 2019 campaign on Jacksonville's injured reserve list. Now healthy, he'll have just a few days to make an impression with the Panthers before the team is forced to begin roster cuts.

August 12, 2019 11:44 PM
Jaguars' James Onwualu: Heads to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (knee) reverted to injured reserve after clearing waivers, according to the NFL's official transaction log.

Onwualu was waived/injured by Jacksonville on Friday, and he'll likely remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season unless the two sides agree to an injury settlement.

August 9, 2019 05:24 PM
James Onwualu: Waived/injured by Jacksonville
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (knee) was waived/injured by the Jaguars on Friday, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Onwualu has already been ruled out for the 2019 season with the knee injury. He will revert to the Jaguars' injured reverse once he clears waivers.

August 6, 2019 11:00 PM
Jaguars' James Onwualu: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu was ruled out for the 2019 season Tuesday with a knee injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

Onwualu sustained the injury Monday during the special teams period and had to be carted off the field. The Jaguars are now looking extremely thin at the linebacker position, considering Jake Ryan (knee) and Quincy Williams (knee) are also dealing with ailments of their own, while Telvin Smith is taking a season off from football. Expect the team to move Onwualu to the injured reserve soon in order for him to stay on the roster.

August 6, 2019 11:08 PM
Jaguars' James Onwualu: Carted off practice field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu suffered a right leg injury at practice Monday and exited the field via a cart, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Onwualu sustained the injury during a kickoff period, but the specifics of the issue remain unclear. An extended absence would diminish the 24-year-old's chances of cracking the 53-man roster, as he is competing for a special-teams role.

May 1, 2019 10:12 AM
Jaguars' James Onwualu: Scooped by Jags
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jaguars claimed Onwualu off waivers from the 49ers on Tuesday, per the league's official transaction report.

Onwualu spent the first part of the 2018 season with a groin injury, and he played just five games with the 49ers, recording two tackles and forcing a fumble. He'll compete for a special-teams role with the Jags.

April 30, 2019 02:04 PM
James Onwualu: Parts ways with 49ers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu was waived by the 49ers on Monday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Onwualu appeared in five games with the 49ers last season, playing 87 snaps on special teams and recording two tackles and one forced fumble. The third-year pro now will look to catch on as a depth piece elsewhere in the league.

November 27, 2018 08:32 PM
49ers' James Onwualu: Signs with 49ers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (groin) was promoted to the 49ers' active roster Tuesday.

Onwualu was waived/injured by the Chargers in late August and reverted to injured reserve after going unclaimed on waivers, but apparently was released and joined the 49ers' practice squad at some point. The 24-year-old brings some added depth to the linebacker position following the departure of Reuben Foster.

August 23, 2018 07:00 PM
Chargers' James Onwualu: Reverts to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (groin) has reverted to injured reserve, per NFL Communications.

Just a day after being waived/injured by the Chargers, Onwualu has landed on injured reserve because of the issue. If he doesn't wind up with an injury settlement, the reserve linebacker will likely aim to retake the field in 2019.

August 22, 2018 12:52 PM
James Onwualu: Waived/injured by Chargers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chargers waived/injured Onwualu (groin) on Wednesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Onwualu has been battling a groin issue for more than a week, leading the Chargers to part ways with the second-year linebacker. There's a decent chance the team will send him to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

August 15, 2018 12:40 AM
Chargers' James Onwualu: Sits out practice Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (groin) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

Onwualu played nine games for the Chargers last year but was waived before the season concluded. He worked in a special teams role and will be seeking the same spot in 2018.

December 16, 2017 10:52 PM
James Onwualu: Waived by Chargers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu was waived by the Chargers on Saturday.

Onwualu was let go as the team opted to bring back cornerback Craig Mager to bolster its secondary depth. The undrafted rookie contributed mostly on special teams with the Chargers this season.

November 30, 2017 03:36 PM
Chargers' James Onwualu: Left off injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (quadriceps) wasn't listed on Wednesday's wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Onwualu has been nursing a quad injury for a few weeks, with the issue sidelining him for both of the past two games. The undrafted linebacker is used sparingly on defense, accruing just eight tackles (six solo) this season.

November 19, 2017 02:52 PM
Chargers' James Onwualu: Set to sit Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Onwualu (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

The undrafted rookie hasn't missed a game yet this season, but he'll miss his first one Sunday. Onwualu is rarely used on defense, though, so most of his leftover snaps will be on special teams.

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Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
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2019JAC000 0.00 000-00
2018SF50220000000
2017LAC90862000000
Total16010 8.02 000-00
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/235
Birthdate:
09/04/1994
Age:
26
Hometown:
St. Paul, MN
School:
Notre Dame
NFL Experience:
3
Awards: