Saints DT David Onyemata receives 6 game NFL suspension for banned substance

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David Onyemata
(Photo: Stephen Lew)

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata released a statement Friday on Instagram saying he will serve a multiple-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

“I was informed by the NFLPA yesterday that I have tested positive for a banned substance resulting in a suspension for part of the 2021 NFL season. While I was certainly surprised and disappointed with this news, I am responsible for what I put in my body. As I have never knowingly taken anything that could cause a positive test, we are currently in the process of testing the supplements I was taking at the time of the test. Regardless, I am committed to being more aware of any medication and dietary supplements that may contain substances banned by the NFL.”

Nick Underhill of reported that the suspension will be the first six games of the upcoming season.

Onyemata did not indicate how long he is expected to be out but the Saints will certainly miss their best defensive tackle.

The 28-year-old defensive tackle comes off a 2020 season in which he posted career highs in sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (10), QB hits (16) and pressures (24).

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