The hits keep on coming to the Buffalo Bills defense.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Dareus can still appeal the suspension. The sixth-year lineman was suspended one game in 2015 for violating the substance abuse policy.
A Bills front seven that was supposed to be one of the most formidable in the league has been absolutely decimated. First-round pick Shaq Lawson will likely miss approximately half of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery, second-round pick Reggie Ragland will miss the entire season after tearing his left ACL during training camp. Most recently linebacker IK Enemkpali was lost for the season due to a torn ACL in his right leg during Buffalo’s preseason opener.
Dareus recorded 51 total tackles and two sacks last season. He inked a six-year, $108 million deal in September 2015 that included $60 million guaranteed and a $25 million signing bonus. His loss will leave a gaping hole in the middle of Buffalo’s front. He could be replaced by Jerel Worthy or Corbin Bryant. The Bills also have anchor Kyle Williams manning the trenches.