Marcell Dareus Injury: Updates on Bills DT's Hamstring and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) looks upduring the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus hadn't played since he suffered an injury to his hamstring during practice on Oct. 7. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Dareus Active vs. Patriots

Sunday, Oct. 30

The Bills announced Dareus is available to play against the Patriots on Sunday.

Dareus Comments on Playing Status

Wednesday, Oct. 26

"I'm going to be playing on Sunday," Dareus told reporters Wednesday, per the team's official Twitter account. "I can't wait. We want to pull it off, make it happen."

Latest on Dareus' Practice Status

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters Dareus will be limited in Wednesday's practice session, per Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.

Dareus Among League's Best Defensive Tackles

Dareus was one of the NFL's premier defensive players during the 2014 season, recording a career-high 10 sacks and helping lead the Bills to their first winning record since 2004.

Last year was not as successful for Dareus, who set a career low with two sacks in 15 games under Ryan. The two butted heads over how Ryan was utilizing him in the scheme, and the defense went from being ranked fourth in 2014 to 19th in 2015.

Despite the drop in production, Dareus' absence leaves a huge hole for the Bills. He's a great asset as a pass-rusher and has the second-most run stops among defensive tackles over the last three years, per Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus.

Corbin Bryant is a solid backup who started a career-high 10 games last season and the first five games this season, but he's mostly just a body to occupy space and open things up for other players to make plays.

Dareus is a rare defensive tackle who can disrupt every facet of an offense when he's operating at full strength.