ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus says he will enter a rehabilitation facility after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for a second straight season.
Dareus said he took "careful consideration" before announcing his plans in a statement released by the team Saturday, about an hour before it hosted the Giants in a preseason game.
"I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career," Dareus, 26, said. "I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process."
General manager Doug Whaley said the team supported Dareus' decision, but he provided few other details. Whaley said Dareus was still with the team but would not play against the Giants. He didn't know when Dareus would check into a rehab facility or how long the process would take.
"He's family and we are being supportive of him in this step in his life," Whaley said. "I told you guys we wouldn't give up on him. And we wholeheartedly support this effort."
Dareus' decision to enter rehab came four days after the NFL suspended the Bills' top-paid player for the first four games of the season. Last year, he was suspended for the season opener for another violation of the policy.
Dareus said his latest suspension was the result of a missed drug test.
Also, the Bills released former FSU running back Karlos Williams. The second-year player reported to camp out of shape and was cleared for practice only five days before he was released. In July, the league suspended Williams for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He can serve the suspension as a free agent if he is not claimed off waivers or signed by another team.
SATURDAY'S GAMES: Andrew Luck completed all eight of his passes, led the host Colts on two long drives and avoided taking any hits in a 19-18 loss to the Ravens. … Cam Newton threw for 162 yards and led scoring drives on two of his four series as the host Panthers defeated the Titans 26-16. … Tyrod Taylor threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to running back LeSean McCoy to cap his final series as the host Bills beat the Giants 21-0.
BELL SORRY: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is ready to serve his suspension and move on. Bell spoke one day after the league suspended him for the first three games of the regular season for missing multiple drug tests, which is a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. "I already apologized to my teammates, my coaches and Steeler Nation," Bell said. "I'm sincerely sorry about everything I put everybody through."
FALCONS: Kicker Shayne Graham, 38, who played five games with the team in 2015 and made 11 of 13 field goals and all eight extra points, was re-signed.
PACKERS: Receiver Jordy Nelson, recently activated from the physically unable to perform list, will practice when the team gets back on the field Monday but will be a limited participant, coach Mike McCarthy said. "He'll go through the individual (drills), and then we'll kind of take it from there," McCarthy said.
VIKINGS: Coach Mike Zimmer said he has "no concern" about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after holding him out of the second preseason game as an injury precaution. Zimmer said Bridgewater could have played Thursday at Seattle. The QB has a sore shoulder, espn.com reported.