PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus made his long-awaited debut on the field at training camp Friday night, in front of a big crowd at St. John Fisher College.
Dareus, who failed a conditioning test when he first reported to camp, passed his physical Thursday. Dareus, along with fellow defensive tackle Alan Branch, both received plenty of reps on the defense tonight.
After a pair of off-the-field incidents this offseason, then the failed conditioning test, Dareus’s teammates are glad to have him back.
“It’s big for us, it’s big for him to get out and get some reps, and get back in the swing of things,” said defensive tackle Kyle Williams. “We’ve got a few weeks until the real bullets start flying, so the earlier you can get out here, the better. He’s a big piece to our puzzle, and we’re glad to have him out here with us.”
“As soon as we step out onto the field, all that other stuff falls by the wayside. Same thing in our meeting rooms, it kind of gets left at the door. We have an opportunity to be a good football team, be a good defensive line, and he’s a part of that,” said Williams.
The Bills also had a couple players leave practice early with injuries, including Fred Jackson, with a minor lower-leg injury. The team returns to practice Saturday night at 6pm from St. John Fisher.