David Onyemata has $40,108 fine significantly reduced on appeal

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Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata won his appeal of a fine from the season opener, Herbie Teope of NFL Media reports.

Onyemata’s $40,108 fine for two roughing the passer penalties was reduced.

The league rescinded the $20,054 fine for putting his body weight on Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, while Onyemata’s helmet-to-helmet hit dropped from $20,054 to $6,250, per Teope.

The reduction is not a surprise.

Onyemata, a fourth-round pick, has a $630,000 base salary this season, making his game check $39,375 each week. The Collective Bargaining Agreement states a fine shouldn’t exceed more than 25 percent of a player’s weekly earnings.