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Marcell Dareus of Buffalo Bills suspended 1 game by NFL

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The Buffalo Bills have had an incredibly exciting off-season so far, with things looking up for the AFC East side.

Bills fans will be hopeful of making the playoffs after bringing in Rex Ryan as their new head coach, who should give a very big boost to their already impressive defense. On top of that, the Bills improved their offense a great deal by trading for LeSean McCoy and bringing in free agents Percy Harvin and Charles Clay.

Ryan's natural tendencies will see Buffalo become even more of a defensive force than they already are, but they may have just taken a huge hit.

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According to a tweet from ProFootballTalk, Roger Goodell and the National Football League have decided to suspend Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for the start of the 2015 NFL season.

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Dareus' suspension relates to a May 2014 arrest after a traffic stop in his native Alabama. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and later entered a pretrial intervention program that allows the charges to be dropped.

Apology

Dareus released a statement apologizing to his team, family and fans for the arrest and the suspension. 

"Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance," he said. "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."

Dareus was selected by the Bills with the third overall pick of the 2011 Draft, behind Cam Newton and Von Miller. He has been named to the Pro Bowl for the last two seasons in a row and will be sorely missed by the Bills. Rex Ryan will be looking for the 25-year old to build on his nine sack-season from last year in 2015.

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