Marcell Dareus given four-game NFL suspension

Posted Aug 16, 2016

Bills DT Marcell Dareus has been handed a four-game suspension by the NFL for violation of the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Marcell Dareus won’t be on the field for Buffalo for the first quarter of the season. He’s been suspended by the NFL for violation of the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

After receiving news of the suspension the team issued the following statement late Tuesday afternoon.

We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches and the rest of the organization through his recent actions. 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. 

The suspension leaves Buffalo without one of their top defensive players for the first month of the season when the Bills will face Baltimore, the New York Jets, Arizona and New England.

Dareus will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team’s October 2 game against the Patriots. He is also eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The Bills defensive tackle was previously suspended for the first game of the 2015 season after he was arrested in May of that year for possession of a controlled substance.

With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL; however, please know and understand I am committed to the game and am more committed to my #Billsorganization and fans. This temporary setback will only fuel my desire and commitment to bring #Buffalochampionships and the #SuperBowl. I ask at this time that you continue to #believe in me and I will continue to invest all that I have to bring honor and respect to the organization and my fans and ultimately bring #Buffalomafia what it deserves - a #SuperBowl! Thank you for continuing to support me - I will rise above this setback, as with every challenge brings an opportunity for growth and supreme #success!

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