Bills confirm Dareus suspension, issue blistering statement


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.

70 responses to “Bills confirm Dareus suspension, issue blistering statement

  1. In a few years he’ll be telling us how he could have been a hall of famer if weed was legal in the NFL

  2. Was that toke worth $3.5m ? At this rate Bills might have to call up JP Losman to play QB. Still routing for my team though….#GoBills

  3. Rightfully so … He is so overrated for someone who was the #2 overall pick and the bills paid him so much even after off-field concerns..

  4. These dudes know when they are going to get test and still can’t put it down. Some of these dudes are complete dumba$$es. Good for the Bill for ripping him a new one.

  5. bostonsportsfan111 says:
    Aug 16, 2016 4:22 PM

    Its more probable than not that he was generally aware of what he was doing.
    It’s not probable, IT’S DEFINITE! Enjoy your hero Roger Goodell Bill’s fans!

  6. We as an organization find this unacceptable. Not unacceptable in that sense that we won’t accept it and let him play when his suspension is over, but unacceptable in, uh, some other way.

  7. How many players are they down now on defense? Between the injuries and suspensions they’ll be lucky to field a competitive team, or any team at all.

  8. Never thought I would say this but good on ya Bills.
    Just one more example of why one should never say never.

  9. Between suspensions and injuries, the new HC of the Bills next year will be in a great position to draft his QB of the future with what looks like a top 5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

  10. Good thing mature Rexie has been mouthing all off season and it’s a good thing new Buffalo owner hired the moron to begin with up there.

    Gotta get some excitement drummed up for that new stadium, right?

  11. Between suspensions and injuries, the new HC of the Bills next year will be in a great position to draft his QB of the future with what looks like a top 5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    I generally find PAts fans annoying in their comments, but Im not sure i dont agree with you here. **sigh** season over before the second preseason game is played out.

  12. Weed isn’t addictive, but, unfortunately for Marcell, stupid behavior sure seems to be.

  13. The competition to see which SEC school located between Oxford and Athens can generate the longest rap sheet is really heating up. Somebody needs to recruit the Monroe, LA District Attorney to rehab all these guys.


  14. #3 overall picks on the line should be All Pros..This guy is a slightly above average player who is wildly overpaid.

    Maybe next time, when you pick that high, you secure a slam dunk choice as opposed to someone who doesn’t meet all the criteria.

  15. Rightfully so … He is so overrated for someone who was the #2 overall pick and the bills paid him so much even after off-field concerns..
    He was the #3 overall pick and he’s a superstar. When he’s on the field anyway.

  16. Prediction: Rex will be shown the door before New Years. Which will surprise no-one.

    Just watch.

  17. The problem is that his $25 million signing bonus was too low and now he is not motivated. You should up it to at least $40 million.

  18. This actually shows how the Bill’s need to start adding players with some good moral character instead of all these ‘great athletes’ with bad reps, i.e. Darius and Karlos.

  19. This is why Rex is not an viable NFL head coach.

    His laissez faire approach to keeping his players in line simply does not work at this level and this is the reason why.

    He will be gone by Christmas, and rightfully so.

  20. @ denko310 says:
    Aug 16, 2016 4:23 PM

    Was that toke worth $3.5m ? At this rate Bills might have to call up JP Losman to play QB. Still routing for my team though….#GoBills
    Marcel Darius plays QB? Did something happen to TT? Why are you posting about JP Losman playing QB? Are you providing Trump with advice on how to avoid staying on topic?

  21. The NFL could completely avoid this bad press by adopting the same policy that baseball uses… That basketball uses… And not test for stupid things like weed. Here take this opiod it’s fda approved!!

  22. onebuffalove716 says:
    Aug 16, 2016 4:41 PM
    Id like to add, at least we know the coach won’t be Jeff Fisher, so theres that.
    Maybe they’ll replace Rex with Rob Ryan. Now that would be funny.

  23. So, if a first time equipment violation for which there is no evidence and that, according to science, more probably than not didn’t happen, is worth a four game suspension, how is a confirmed second substance violation only worth four?

  24. Most people on this site would call me a liberal but even I think calling that statement “blistering” is a bit of a hyperbole

  25. And the people who wrote that statement without any irony, as well as team leadership, all look forward to getting drunk this weekend, with no trace of self-reflection.

  26. Anyone blaming Rex for this or insinuating that it’s his fault really needs to calm down a bit. It’s simply not even a little bit Rex Ryan’s fault that a grown professional with a $100 million contract can’t put down the weed. Dareus is an adult. It is his fault and nobody else’s.

  27. The players who use cannabis RESPONSIBLY for pain, pleasure, distraction, staying out of REAL trouble, etc need to get together and agree to ALL test positive.

    Maybe when rosters are 75% empty and the Holy Shield has no way to earn their precious billions, all parties can come to the table and agree that, just as in real life, the prohibition of cannabis is more harmful than its actual use.

  28. Once these guys test positive for a banned substance once, they go into the “program.” This means, unlike players who are tested just once a year, program players are tested multiple times. The players association needs to change the “program” rules. They’re just kids with alot of money having fun. Let them.

  29. Ooooo what a blistering statement. Blistering like a warm fire on Christmas Eve.

    Listen if any one of us acted a fool like this repeatedly with our employer we would be fired. This guy is a clown.

  30. It’s so funny how pats fans complain about trolls whenever a story comes up about Brady and Belli-cheat, but when there’s a story about ANY player on ANY team, the Pats trolls are commenting left and right.
    Enjoy mediocrity w Jimmy, it will give the quote un quote die hard Pats fans a glimpse to their future when they don’t have Brady and the hood cheating to win for them.
    Then it can go back to the good ole days like at old Sullivan stadium where tens of thousands of “fans ” showed up on Sundays dressed as empty seats. And for you front running Pats fans that are too young to remember, just go to YouTube and watch highlights from the early 90s.

  31. I think a third positive test gets your career ended. Maybe the prospect of saying goodbye to living it up and getting the type of job most Americans have will wake these idiots up (said by a Dareus jersey owning Bills fan).

  32. jeffz303 says:

    Weed isn’t addictive

    Did High Times tell you that? Why did the Honey Badger go to rehab for pot addiction?

  33. 16 years we’ve waited and supported you and this franchise team big boy. You COULD CARE LESS! You got your money, what do you care? That’s the problem, the fans care more than the players I guess. Maybe I shouldn’t GAS too. In fact, this will be my last season as a season ticket holder. Never ending injuries, drafting in the first round guys who are unable to play, absurd penalties, and luck that is only bad. Hell, maybe it’s me. Go Bills!! I remember the good days, and they were nothing like this.

  34. “Player suspended 4 games for drinking a beer.”

    Doesn’t sound right does it?

    Legalize it.

  35. Seriously players should be paid after they have played the game based on how well they did. So if you want to throw your career down the drain you’re not costing your team a bazillion dollars. Literally highway robbery of a Brinks truck.

  36. Dareus is as big of a fool as there is in the league today. He’s the DL version of Justin Blackmon… multi Pro Bowl talent and just p*ssing it away.

    10 years from now he’ll be homeless, in jail or dead (or wishing he was), and he will have nobody to blame but himself.

  37. Most players think they are above the law! I say one and done! Don’t abide by the rules, hit the road!! I don’t care who you are or what the name is!! Time to show these clowns who is in charge!! It is not all these felons running loose!! Find out how normal working people are dealt with in the real world!!

  38. onebuffalove716 says:

    Id like to add, at least we know the coach wont be Jeff Fisher, so theres that.

    Dude, your owner hired Rex. After both Rex and Jeff are fired at the end of the season, do you really think that Fisher won’t be on the short list for Buffalo?

    “Proven winner.”
    “Took team to Super Bowl.”
    “Looks good on Hard Knocks.”

  39. ohand16 says:
    Aug 17, 2016 6:12 AM

    Maybe this fat slob could use the time off to lose about 30 lbs so he could actually be useful when he comes back
    Says the troll hiding behind a keyboard calling someone a fat slob. Bet you don’t have the stones to say that to his face? Dude, remember….you are a Browns fan, the mistake by the lake.

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