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5 things to know about new Bills defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi

The Bills signed defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi (pronounced pah-lay-poi) to a one-year contract Monday. Here are five things to know about him.

Reunited: Palepoi's arrival reunites him with new Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, his college teammate at Utah and at Snow College in Utah. Palepoi was a junior college All-American and team captain in 2011. He was second-team All-Pac 12 and team captain as a senior at Utah.

Into the league: He went undrafted in 2014 but signed with the Chargers shortly after the draft and has remained with the team since. He was active for all 16 games as a rookie and recorded nine tackles.

Missing time: Palepoi was on injured reserve for all of the 2015 season after suffering a broken foot in the preseason. He was suspended for four games in December 2016 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The suspension carried over to the 2017 season.

The numbers: He has appeared in 44 career games with no starts. He had a career-high 27 tackles with seven tackles for loss in the 2017 season. He primarily has been a rotational defensive lineman in his career and could potentially help the Bills in a similar capacity as the Bills rotate snaps along the front line.

Family man: He is among 14 children to grow up under Tony and Tutaga Palepoi. His older brother, Anton, played in the NFL from 2002 to '07 with the Seahawks, Broncos and Cardinals. Tenny and his wife Delaney have three children: Taytum, Remi and Liam.

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