Former Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will make his season debut for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday following a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Instead, the Crimson Tide product met with various experts to try to nail down what was causing his drug problems, the ADHD he was diagnosed with while at Alabama, he believed, so Dareus proceeded to meet with a life coach and ADHD expert.
“I really feel like I learned a lot,” Dareus told USA TODAY. “I received help to support me.”
It was the second time Dareus had been suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. He missed the season-opener last year because of his first failed test. He didn’t confirm to USA TODAY whether this suspension was a result of a failed or missed test, though.
Dareus returns to the field for his sixth professional season, all in Buffalo. Even while dealing with his ADHD, the former No. 3 overall pick has been a two-time Pro-Bowl selection. He’ll join a Bills team that is 2-2 and faces the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday.
“I can’t wait to go out there and lay hands on someone,” Dareus said.