PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – Marcell Dareus says his four game suspension stems from a missed drug test. He says he found out about the suspension after Saturday’s preseason game and told the team immediately. Second-year head coach Rex Ryan says he found out on Tuesday.
Dareus can still practice with the team, and when he showed up today he was almost flippant about it. But by the end of practice his mood had changed.
“I’m just apologizing to my team and my family,” Dareus said. “I embarrassed my kids, who I am and who I’m working to be.”
“It’s frustration and disappointment. I think those are the two big words right there, that I’m frustrated and disappointed,” General Manager Doug Whaley said. “But this guy is family and I know Western New Yorkers are big on family values and we will not give up on a family member.”
This is Marcell’s second suspension after he missed last year’s opener. The Bills, in a statement Tuesday night, essentially scolded Dareus, saying he put himself first, ahead of the team.
“I put myself last for the most part,” Dareus said. “I’m a big-hearted person and I never put myself first.”
Dareus’ fate is resolved. The same cannot be said for linebacker Manny Lawson. He strongly denied a report of a possible suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident. He said he has reached out to the NFL and says he’s shocked by the accusation.
“Man you just don’t know, cause all I want to do is play ball,” Lawson said “Terribly sorry that my family and friends have to go through this, those that are affected, but we’re gonna get to the bottom of it and find out what’s going on.”
The Bills wrapped up their final morning practice today. They have a night practice tomorrow, a game against the New York Giants at 4 p.m. on Saturday and one more night practice.