NFL suspends Bills defensive tackle Dareus for 1 game

May 21, 2015 9:38 PM by Ross Field

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss the season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The suspension means the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss Buffalo's home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13.

The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5. Dareus avoided trial, during which he would have faced felony drug charges, by agreeing to enter an NFL substance abuse program in August.

Dareus released a statement in which he apologized for "making a mistake involving possession of a banned substance."

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