• Dareus will be eligible to practice, play in preseason
  • Four-year veteran has 28.5 career sacks, 202 tackles

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended without pay for the team’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts after violating the National Football League policy on substances of abuse.

“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance,” Dareus said Thursday in a statement released by the team. “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, 25, will be allowed to practice with the team and participate in preseason games. He’ll become eligible for the Bills’ Week 2 game against the New England Patriots on Sept. 20.

Dareus had a career-high 10 sacks last season, bringing his total to 28.5 in four seasons. He’s played in 63 of 64 possible games since turning pro, starting 60.

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