ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills wanted a quiet offseason and start to the season. It hasn’t exactly been that.
The Bills fell 13-9 to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in their third preseason game under head coach Sean McDermott.
Prior to the game, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was dismissed from the team and according to reports, the reasoning was Dareus showing up late to the game. But, that was not confirmed by the team.
After the Dareus announcement, starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion in the second offensive series of the game.
Prior to practice when McDermott spoke to the media, the coach said he hadn’t yet spoken to Dareus. That happened during practice and Dareus did not disclose details of the conversation, only saying the two sides are not “on the same page.”
One thing McDermott was able to address was his player’s past history with trouble, as Dareus has been suspended twice by the NFL in his six-year career.
“I’m not as interested in that as much as I’m interested where we’re going in the future,” McDermott said. “I hope he learns from it.”
However, McDermott did say Dareus traveled home from Baltimore separately and not with the team. Dareus also did not practice on Sunday, but McDermott said that’s because of the hip injury he’s dealing with.
The defensive tackle himself, who’s two years into a six-year, $100 million contract, was in a relaxed mindset after practice, laughing in certain responses.
When asked how exactly he got home from Baltimore, Dareus giggled and then said “The Bills do very well.” His answer would indicate the team provided the transportation.
Once again, Dareus did not explain what he discussed with members of the coaching staff, but he did say he’s fine with their decision and with the operation moving forward.
“Me and McDermott, me and the coaches, we all spoke. We’re very clear about moving forward and that’s what we’re going to do. We got a clear understanding now,” Dareus said.
Being a first-year head coach, McDermott was asked if he’s worried his oft message of “proving it” isn’t being listened to. McDermott wasn’t concerned.
“It’s a way of life, it’s a mindset, and I think the players embrace that. I really believe that. This is what happens in an NFL training camp, in particular the first year, when you get roster moves,” McDermott said.
In regard to Bills fans, Dareus had this message: “I’m going to do everything in my power to move forward, stay focused.
Dareus had a similar quote in August 2016 when he was suspended for four games prior to last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
“I’m just going to continue to put one foot in front of the other and just stay focused,” Dareus said.
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In no surprise, Taylor will also not practice. Nate Peterman is the man under center. Not by choice. In a surprise, TJ Yates was also diagnosed with a concussion.
McDermott did not narrow it down exactly when Yates suffered the injury, just said it was late in the game. The coach also added that, had Taylor not suffered a concussion, he would have sat during the team’s fourth and final preseason game.
Depending on the severity of the injuries to Taylor and Yates, the Bills may announce the signing of another quarterback in the coming days. McDermott said it’s a possibility and the team is currently exploring their options.
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