Marcell Dareus, the Buffalo Bills two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, was given a 4-game suspension by the NFL earlier this week for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Dareus blamed the suspension on a missed drug test, which is treated like a failed drug test, but on Saturday, Dareus announced that he would be entering rehab. Via the Buffalo Bills official site:
After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility. I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process.
The Bills may have seen this coming. Dareus was previously suspended for the first game of last season following a failed drug test. From NFL.com in May 2015
“Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance,” Dareus said in a statement. “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.”
In 2014, Dareus was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. When that news came out The Buffalo News reported that there had been concerns about Dareus’s marijuana use since Chan Gailey was coach. Dareus played under Gailey during his first two years in the league, 2011 and 2012. Despite continued trouble off the field, Dareus has only missed two games in his 5-year career and only one of those was due to injury.