Rex Ryan is going to lose a crucial part of his stout defense for the first four weeks of the season. Due to a positive drug test, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss the first four games of the 2016 season. Reports by Adam Schefter say that Dareus was suspended due to a positive test for marijuana.
Despite Rex Ryan’s pedigree of being a defensive specialist, his team was extremely average last year ranking 18th in opponents points per game giving up an average of 22.4. Having their best defensive tackle out for the first four weeks will not help with that.
This is the second time Dareus has been caught by the league when it comes to the substance abuse policy. He was suspended for one game to start the 2015 season as well due to a criminal possession of a controlled substance.
“We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization, and fans through his recent actions. From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league.”
The two-time pro bowler in 2013 and 2014 took his thoughts to Instagram when he found out that he will be out of action for the next four games.
“With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL,” posted Dareus.
The 26-year-old played in 15 games last season for the Bills racking up 51 tackles and 2 sacks, staying healthy missing that one game due to suspension. According to the depth chart, fourth-year player Corbin Bryant will take his spot at defensive tackle for the first four games.
Not sure how great the Bills’ six-year $100 million extension for Dareus is looking for their team at this current moment. The third-overall pick from the 2011 draft is currently in the second year of that lengthy deal. The Bills better hope he learns real quick from the second mistake he has made.