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.
Marcell Dareus has not checked into a rehab facility. He's receiving treatment locally while working out w/Bills and attending meetings.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 7, 2016
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.