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New Orleans Saints defender David Onyemata facing drug suspension

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata (93) celebrates his sack of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, right, during the second half Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Ford Field.

10042020 Sad Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata (93) celebrates his sack of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, right, during the second half Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Ford Field. 10042020 Sad Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata announced Friday that he is facing a league 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,” Onyemata wrote on Instagram. “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.”

The league has not announced the suspension or the number of games Onyemata, 28, could miss to start the 2021 season.

Onyemata was suspended one game at the start of the 2019 campaign after a misdemeanor citation for marijuana possession.

A fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Onyemata has started 30 games in the past two seasons for the Saints. He has recorded 167 tackles, 16 sacks, 42 quarterback hits, one interception and one forced fumble in 78 career games (40 starts).

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–Field Level Media