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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata (93) pressures Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of an NFL Wild Card Playoff game in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. The Saints won 31-26.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

New Orleans defensive tackle David Onyemata will be wearing a cast on his left hand for Sunday's divisional playoff against the Minnesota Vikings.

Onyemata is not worried that it will hinder him in any way. 

After all, he's already played with the injury. Onyemata tore a ligament in his thumb in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers and played the entire game, a full 50-snap workload.

"It's not like it's that much of a big deal, because it happened on the first series," Onyemata said. "It wasn't really that much of a problem."

Onyemata, a fourth-round pick out of the University of Manitoba last year, has blossomed into a key part of the defensive line rotation for the Saints this season. He played 589 snaps, the third-most on the line, while racking up 38 tackles, two sacks and four tackles-for-loss. 

He's confident that he'll have his full range of motion. 

Onyemata's cast is not a full club. His fingers are still exposed enough that he can grab and pull. 

"I can still strike, and I still have my fingers," Onyemata said. "The thumb is just there for support."

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