Saints’ Onyemata fined $40.1K for 2 roughing passer calls – (WWL) Saints News

Saints’ Onyemata fined $40.1K for 2 roughing passer
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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle
David Onyemata commits a late hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers
quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) which resulted in a penalty and a
scuffle in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans,
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Onyemata fined $40.1K for 2 roughing passer calls
September 14, 2018 The Associated
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YORK (AP) — Two illegal hits cost David Onyemata more than he made
for playing in New Orleans’ season opener.The
Saints defensive tackle was fined $40,108 by the NFL on Friday for
two roughing-the-passer calls — $20,054 for each of the penalties —
in a 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday.The
first came in the third quarter on an incomplete pass by Ryan
Fitzpatrick, when Onyemata violated the new rule requiring
defensive players to avoid putting their full weight on
quarterbacks. The second occurred during a 36-yard touchdown catch
by DeSean Jackson in the fourth quarter when Onyemata made contact
with Fitzpatrick’s helmet.Onyemata, in his third
NFL season, makes a base salary of $630,000 this season — or
$39,375 per game.Onyemata was one of several
players fined $20,054 for roughing the passer in the league’s
opening weekend, joining the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald,
Minnesota’s Sheldon Richardson, Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett and Dallas’
DeMarcus Lawrence.New England safety Duron
Harmon was fined $26,739 for his hit on Houston wide receiver
DeAndre Hopkins, which drew a flag for unnecessary
roughness.Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus
Peters has to pay $13,369 for his excessive celebration after
returning an interception during which he jumped backward into the
end zone and grabbed his crotch against
Oakland.Pittsburgh cornerback Artie Burns was
fined $13,369 for removing his helmet and slamming it to the turf
after a scuffle with Cleveland wide receiver Jarvis
Landry.Miami defensive end Andre Branch was
docked $10,026 by the league for taunting after a blindside block
of Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan, who suffered a concussion on
the play. After an interception of Marcus Mariota, Reshad Jones was
returning down the sideline in the third quarter when Lewan was
pursuing him. But Branch hit Lewan from the left side and knocked
him to the ground, causing a shoving match between the
teams.Branch was later caught by television
cameras shouting, “Body bag!” at Lewan as the offensive lineman
left the field and headed to the locker room. Branch was not
flagged for the hit, but was penalized for taunting — as was
teammate Jordan Phillips, who was also fined
$10,026.Cincinnati safety Shawn Williams was
fined the same amount for his late hit on Indianapolis quarterback
Andrew Luck. He was ejected from the game for the
penalty.Also fined $10,026 by the NFL on Friday
were Jets rookie Parry Nickerson (taunting), Baltimore’s Matt Judon
(unnecessary roughness), Buffalo’s Dion Dawkins (unnecessary
roughness) and Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue (facemask) and Cam
Robinson (unnecessary
roughness).___More AP NFL:
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