Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus suspended for the first game
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced Thursday. Dareus will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.
The suspension comes from Dareus’ May 2014 arrest following a traffic stop in Alabama. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and later entered a pre-trial intervention program that allows the charges to be dropped.
“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance,” Dareus said in a statement. “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.”