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Marcell Dareus opts for different approach in rehabilitation

The sixth-year defensive tackle is not away at a rehab facility.

Less than three weeks after Marcell Dareus announced that he’d enter a rehabilitation facility following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy for substance abuse, the Buffalo Bills star defensive tackle has apparently opted for a different approach during his time away from football.

According to The Buffalo News’ Tim Graham, Dareus has not checked into a rehab facility. Instead, the 26-year-old has received treatment locally while continuing to work out and attend meetings with the team.

While the specifics of Dareus’ treatment remain an unknown at this point, the Bills are preparing to play without the two-time Pro Bowler for the first four weeks of the season. Barring any last-minute adjustments to the roster, Buffalo will turn to a rotation of Kyle Williams, Corbin Bryant, Jerel Worthy, Leger Douzable, and rookie third-round pick Adolphus Washington along the defensive line.

Dareus, who signed a six-year contract extension with the club a little less than a year ago, is slated to return for Buffalo’s Week 5 matchup with the Rams in Los Angeles.