Marcell Dareus suspended for Week One game against Colts

Published May. 22, 2015 1:03 a.m. ET

The NFL announced Thursday that Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been suspended one game for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

That means Dareus will miss Buffalo's opening week matchup with the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 13. His absence figures to make life easier for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense line, as Dareus anchors one of the NFL's top defensive lines for the Bills.

The third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Dareus recorded 10 sacks last season en route to being named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He was selected to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons.

In May, Dareus was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in Alabama.  According to the AP, Dareus avoided trial and agreed to enter the NFL's substance abuse program in August.

He's eligible to return to the field in Week 2, when the Bills take on the New England Patriots Sept. 20.

(h/t Stampede Blue)

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