The Buffalo Bills have confirmed that defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is suspended for the first four games of the season. And unlike some teams that issue statements of support for suspended players, the Bills have ripped Dareus in a statement on the team’s website.
“We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches and the rest of the organization through his recent actions,” the Bills say in their statement. “From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league. As an organization, we will move forward with our preparations for the start of the 2016 NFL season in Baltimore on September 11.”
Dareus’s four-game suspension is for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse, although there has been no word on what, specifically, Dareus did to trigger the suspension.
This is the second year in a row the Bills have had to start the season without Dareus; he was suspended for the first game of the 2015 season after he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.