With the Jaguars driving for a tying score late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 28-21 Bills victory, big-money defensive tackle Marcell Dareus wasn’t on the field.
He wasn’t benched. The reason he didn't play, coach Rex Ryan said, was a mysterious abdominal issue.
“He kept telling the medical staff, ‘I can play,’ but it’s like, we’re not going to put a guy out there that is clearly having some issues,” Ryan said. “We’ll see. Hopefully it’s something he can get over.”
Dareus said he “just had a little malfunction.” Ryan said it was more of a muscular issue than a sickness, but Dareus wouldn’t elaborate.
“I’m going to talk to my doctor and see what’s going on,” he said. “… I know I’m going to be OK. There’s a bunch of mini car wrecks in a football game. Of course I’m going to be sore.”
Darues had a fine day on the stat sheet, making eight tackles and sacking Blake Bortles twice.
"We’ve been playing good together. We have really good chemistry," Dareus said. "I knew we were going to pull it out by the play-calling Rex that put together for us. Things just start falling a lot better for us. Rex knows what he was doing and he gave me a breather, he put [Leger] Douzable in we just kept moving forward. It worked for us."
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