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Saints' Onyemata fined $40.1K for 2 roughing passer calls

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...