In the hours leading up to their second preseason game on Aug. 20, the Bills released an ascetic statement announcing that their star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus would be entering rehab. The troubled veteran had just been suspended four games earlier that week for violating the league’s substance abuse policy a second time, and was looking to get his life in order.
However, in a piece published by the USA Today, Dareus opened up about his “rehab,” revealing that he never actually entered a rehabilitation facility, instead seeking treatment for his attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Dareus went on to explain that he believes his ADHD, which he was diagnosed with while enrolled at Alabama, is the “root cause” of some of the issues he’s had throughout his career.
Apparently the 26-year-old assembled a support group of sorts that includes an ADHD professional, a life coach and Bills legend, Hall of Famer Bruce Smith to help keep him on track.
One of the key themes Dareus’ team preached during his four weeks away from football was the idea that his life is like a book and that he has the power to turn that book into a best-seller.
The article also mentioned that Dareus wouldn’t confirm if it was a missed test that triggered this most recent suspension, despite telling local reporters that himself less than 24 hours after the punishment was handed down by the league, on Aug. 16.
Rex Ryan confirmed on Monday that Dareus was at the Bills practice facilities ahead of Week 5 and said that he expects the five-year veteran to play in “some capacity” this weekend when the Bills travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. Based on his own remarks from the USA Today story, Dareus comes off as a matured man, who’s ready to get back to playing the game he loves.
“I can’t wait to get out there and lay hands on someone,” Dareus said in the piece.
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