The Saints will be without David Onyemata to start the 2019 season.
The defense tackle got handed a one-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substances of abuse policy, ESPN reported Friday.
Saints’ DT David Onyemata is being suspended one game for violating the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 28, 2019
It’s yet another blow to New Orleans’ defense, which will be without Sheldon Rankins as he recovers from a torn Achilles.
Onyemata is coming off a career year after his fourth season with the team. He recorded 35 tackles and a career high 4 1/2 sacks after appearing in all 16 regular season games and two playoff games.
He is entering the final year of his rookie contract after being selected by New Orleans in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
Onyemata ran into trouble at the beginning of the year after police searched his apartment Jan. 29 and found marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana edibles and hemp powder.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, which cited the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Onyemata was given a misdemeanor citation that accuses him of possessing marijuana in his apartment.
Since then, coach Sean Payton has said the 26-year-old is doing well in the team’s offseason program.