Bills’ star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will be missing his side’s NFL ’15 season opener against the Colts. NFL announced on Thursday the one-game suspension of Dareus for violating the League’s substance-abuse policy.
Under Rex Ryan’s surveillance the 25-year-old showed remarkable improvement and had a stellar 9-sack season from 2014. But the former Alabama stand-out shall now have to wait for a week before getting into on-field action.
“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance,” Dareus revealed 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.”
Dareus hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last May. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Then he was also picked up for rash driving. Though the League didn’t disclose the name of the exact substance which the Buffalo Bills’ star defender was suspended for using.
But Dareus can take part in Buffalo’s training sessions and play the preseason warm-up matches.