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Buffalo Hills Takes Another Hit as Marcell Dareus Gets Suspended

Oct 22, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan at press conference at the Grove hotel prior to the NFL International Series game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle has been suspended for four games. In a statement, the team confirmed that Marcell had violated NFL’s substance abuse policy. With the series of hits, it seems unlikely for NFL expert picks to favor Buffalo Bills.


On Wednesday, Marcell told the reports that he was suspended after he missed a drug test. The test was set up to determine whether Marcell was using Marijuana. On the same day, Ian Rapoport, who is an NFL Media Insider said that you can be suspended if you fail a drug test or miss it. The Bills were made aware of the situation two hours before the information was released to the public.


Shortly after Bills made the announcement about Bills suspension, Bill apologized on his Instagram account re-assuring his fans that he is fully committed to his team and that he would maneuver this setback.


In his statement, Marcell addressed his suspension and said that he did not have much to say. On Saturday pre-season game was when Marcell was informed about his suspension. He said that he is confident that the team would have his back as they know the kind of person he is.


In a statement on Wednesday, Bills expressed their disappointment in Marcell for putting himself first instead of his teammates, coaches and the entire organization through his actions. From the top most departments to his teammates, they made it clear that Marcell’s behavior was unacceptable. They were looking forward to taking the necessary steps to ensure that Marcell adheres to the league’s policies. The team made it clear that Marcell suspension would not affect their preparations for season kick-off in September 11.


On Wednesday, Doug Whaley Bills said that they would stand by Marcell but he has to hold up his end of the deal. He has to make better choices. By being suspended for four consecutive games, Marcell will miss the Bills games against Ravens, Jets, Cardinals and the Patriots. He will therefore return to the team as they take on the Los Angeles Rams.


For Buffalo Bills, Marcell’s suspension is a great disappointment for a player who they signed last year in a contract of seven years valued at $103.2 million and $60 guarantee.


Embattled Bills coach Rex Ryan will be on his biggest test of his coaching career in NFL, thanks to a brutal second training in Buffalo. During this camp, the Bills have taken hit after hit. With expert defenders IK Enemkpali and Manny Lawson and newbies Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland all injured. To make the situation worse, Karlos Williams who is a second year running back is also banned for four games after failing a drug test.


The undermanned Bills will now have to deal with Marcell. Although he accounted for just two sacks last season, he was assertive in 2014 with 10.5 takedowns. Although Corbin Bryant and T.J Branes have been listed behind him by the Bills, the Bills are in a sticky situation. As the new season begins, coach Rex will have to devise more than just tactics to mask keep up.