The Bills have had a rough offseason so far. It got even worse today as they have lost defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for the first four games of the season. They have already lost red zone threat and running back Karlos Williams for four games due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse. Reggie Ragland, their 2nd round pick from this year as well as Shaq Lawson, their 1st round pick from the very same draft are both out for an extended period of time due to injury. Lawson looks to come back around week six at the earliest, while Ragland has been lost for the season to a torn ACL.
Along with Karlos Williams, they were already hurting on the offensive side of the ball as Sammy Watkins started the offseason out with foot surgery that is considered to be a Jones fracture. This is the same injury that Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman suffered last year, both of which required cleanup procedures after the initial surgeries.
The defense will now have to operate without its biggest star in Marcell Dareus due to a failed drug test, per Adam Schefter. This is the second such suspension that Dareus will face as he missed the first game last year due to an arrest in 2014 for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The Bills signed the disreputable defensive tackle to a six-year $100 million contract extension last year. This most recent suspension will not do anything to quell the worries of the Buffalo Bills. All of this seems unlucky in the least for Rex Ryan, who is already on the hot seat in just his second season with the franchise. All the Bills and Ryan can hope for is that Dareus comes back from this suspension better than ever. Either way, it is shaping up to be a long season for the Bills before they even play their first regular season game.