Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will be suspended for his team’s season opening game against the Indianapolis Colts for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. In the meantime, he will be allowed to participate in all practices and all preseason games.
“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.”
According to the NFL, the 25-year-old was arrested in May for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. However, the league did not note if that was the cause for the suspension.
Dareus is one of the best young players in the NFL and a key cog on the Bills’ defensive line. Last year, Dareus had 49 combined tackles, 10 sacks and a forced fumble. He’s missed only one game in his four-year career.