Dareus likely won't practice to start Bills camp; McKelvin activated
The challenging offseason for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has extended into the start of training camp. A few hours after the team held their yearly conditioning workout the day before the first training camp practice at St. John Fisher College, the team announced that Dareus has been place on a non-participation list to start.
He and offensive lineman J.J. 'Unga were each placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list on Saturday. With that designation, both Dareus and 'Unga will likely not be available to practice with the team during their first session in Pittsford on Sunday night.
The reason for the pair to be placed on this list has not been revealed at this point in time, but the media is scheduled to speak with head coach Doug Marrone ahead of Sunday's practice. Like all training camp designations, the players can be removed from those lists by being cleared by the team's medical staff.
As an example, the Bills have already activated one of those players from a different non-participation list. Starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list earlier in the week, was activated and brought back on to the normal 90-man roster.
McKelvin had offseason hip surgery and didn't participate much during the offseason OTA and mandatory minicamp workouts, leading the Bills to try and bring him along slowly. Following the conditioning testing, McKelvin was deemed ready to participate in practices.
The first session gets started Sunday night at 6 pm. A ticket is needed for entry, but if fans were hoping to attend and haven't gotten one already, there are no more tickets available to fans for the practice from the team.
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