Buffalo Bills All-Pro defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been suspended for the first game of the 2015 season, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. The suspension is for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, related to his 2014 arrest in Alabama.
Bills’ Marcell Dareus suspended for this season’s opener for violating the substance-abuse policy, league says
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 21, 2015
Dareus made a statement about the announcement:
“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance. The NFL’s discipline for this conduct is part of the drug policy, and I apologize to my family, my teammates, the entire Bills organization and Bills fans that I will miss one game as a result of my mistake. I will work intensely that week and will be extremely happy to contribute to a win in Week Two for the Bills.”
The Bills new the suspension was coming and it shouldn’t effect the long-term contract extension that the team and Dareus have been working out. Looking up Dareus is Buffalo number one priority right now.