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New Orleans Saints David Onyemata facing suspension after testing positive for banned substance

The 28-year-old, the University of Manitoba graduate and one of the best-ranked defensive tackles in the NFL tested positive on banned substance.

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New Orleans Saints David Onyemata facing suspension after testing positive for banned substance

The 6'4" and 300-pound defensive tackle David Onyemata announced that he gave a positive test for a banned substance on his social media. By the NFL regulations, he is facing suspension that will take him out of the game for a "part of the 2021 NFL season".

The NFL did not have any official announcement about Onyemata's suspension or the number of games he will not be eligible to play.

In his address to the public, Onyemata wrote: "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."

It will be a real setback for the New Orleans team, considering that the 28-year-old defensive tackle was one of their key defender players. In his five-year career at New Orleans, coming from the University of Manitoba, Onyemata has put together 16 sacks while taking up 167 tackles.

As one of the top interior defenders in the NFL, Onyemata's game is illustrated by striking penetration, crumpling pockets, and taking on double teams. With 46 QB pressures in the previous season, he ranked 13th among all defensive interior players.

With Sheldon Rankins, the former fellow defensive tackle, out gone to New York, the New Orleans Saints will face many problems with a committed defense who will try to find their game with their new QB. It is almost sure they will not have an easy run if Onyemata's absence prolongs deep into the 2021 ca