Marcell Dareus on getting benched: 'It's just a quarter'
updated 5:48 PM , December 22, 2013
The Buffalo Bills shut out the Miami Dolphins today with breakout defensive tackle Marcell Dareus watching from the sideline for the first quarter .
Bills coach Doug Marrone benched Dareus as punishment for breaking an unspecified team rule this week.
Dareus said, "It was probably one of the hardest quarters I've ever played" because, well, he didn't.
Corbin Bryant started while Dareus stood in a rain coat and stocking cap. Dareus entered when the second quarter began and played the rest of the way. He recorded three tackles and a quarterback hit.
Neither Dareus nor Marrone would reveal why the punishment was warranted. Dareus said he respected Marrone's decision.
"It's not really nothing important," Dareus said. "It's just a quarter. I just missed a quarter. It's a team issue.
"You suffer the consequences, roll along with them, do the best you can."