Marcell Dareus suspended for Week One game against Colts
MAY 22, 1:03a ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: May 21 / 1:02p ET
News: Dareus has been suspended for the Bills' season opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, wivb.com reports.
Impact: While Dareus -- who recorded 49 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games last season -- can participate in the team's offseason program and preseason action, the Pro Bowler won't be eligible to suit up for Week 1, putting him on track to make his regular season debut on Sept. 20 against the Patriots.
StatsLLC: May 21 / 12:00a ET
News: Dareus will miss the season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Impact: The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The suspension means the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss Buffalo's home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13. The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5.
Rotowire: Apr 7 / 9:49a ET
News: Despite reaching a plea agreement to have misdemeanor charges dropped, Dareus may receive punishment from the NFL for a June 2014 incident in which he was originally accused of racing teammate Jerry Hughes, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Dareus pleaded guilty to a pair of traffic violations, and he promised to host a free football camp over the summer. While this doesn't seem like something that would typically warrant a suspension from the league, Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana just four weeks before he crashed his car. He agreed to enter the NFL's substance-abuse program and wasn't suspended, but he did spend two weeks away from the team during minicamp. Things went much better for the former No. 3 overall draft pick once the season began, as he notched 48 tackles and 10 sacks, further establishing himself as one of the NFL's top interior pass rushers. Dareus is heading into the final season of his rookie contract, and the Bills will likely try to get him signed before Week 1.