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Buffalo Bills All-Pro and Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus has been suspended for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that Dareus will be suspended for the Bills season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Bills’ Marcell Dareus has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2015
Dareus was arrested in 2014 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and accepted the suspension in a statement reported by ProFootballTalk.
“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance,” Dareus said. “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.”
A two-time Pro Bowler, Dareus was the No. 3 overall pick by the Bills in 2011 and has played in 63 out of 64 games since his rookie season. He emerged as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushing defensive tackles and made his first Pro Bowl in 2013. In 2014, he set a career high with 10.0 sacks and was named First-Team All-Pro.