PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 08: Marcell Dareus #99 of the Buffalo Bills signs autographs during the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College on August 8, 2011 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
On Wednesday afternoon, The Buffalo News reported that Buffalo Bills rookie defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was spotted post-practice with his left ankle heavily wrapped, and that he was using crutches to get around the locker room. WIVB's John Murphy has provided an update to this story that every Bills fan was hoping to hear: the injury is reportedly not considered serious.
Murphy reports that Dareus was kicked in the calf during Wednesday's afternoon practice, which was closed to media. While Murphy's sources tell him that the injury is not too serious, they also caution that Dareus could miss a little time.
Which, as we stated last night, is absolutely fine - so long as it doesn't include regular season play, of course. In two pre-season games, Dareus has been a monster, racking up a sack in each contest while looking unblockable (by one man, at least) much of the time. Aside from merely getting more reps for a rookie, Dareus doesn't have anything else to prove over the next two weeks. He's locked in as a starter, and looks like he'll be a force to be reckoned with. Better he lose a little experience than begin his rookie season hobbled.