Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus played in Sunday's win over the New York Jets despite suffering a broken foot in the fourth quarter.
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Dareus Breaks Foot vs. Jets, Plays Anyway
Monday, Jan. 4
Dareus announced the injury in an Instagram post:
The former first-round pick finished 2015 with 51 tackles and two sacks.
The sack number represented a career worst for Dareus, who was one of many Bills who struggled to acclimate to head coach Rex Ryan's system. A year after leading the NFL in total sacks, Buffalo dropped to 31st. Pro Football Focus ranked Dareus 20th at his position and actually graded him negatively as a pass-rusher.
Dareus and fellow defensive lineman Mario Williams were both publicly critical of Ryan's play-calling in October.
"Hey, like [Williams] said, they pay us a lot of money," Dareus said, per Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. "And we want to use our talents the best way we know how. If we're going to be dropping we don't want to get questions about not getting sacks. That's just how it is."
Ending a sour season with an injury will only make matters worse. It's unlikely Dareus misses time that would extend into 2016, but it'll still leave him rehabbing for most of his offseason. The Bills will need to figure out a way to mix Ryan's scheme with the talent on hand, and having Dareus on the sideline during OTAs and minicamps will make that process more difficult.