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Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus to Play in Pro Bowl Roster as Injury Replacement

January 21st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Marcell Dareus may have gotten himself in hot water with the coaching staff for the Buffalo Bills for being tardy for meetings, but the defensive lineman was still able to punch his ticket to the Pro Bowl.

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Dareus will replace San Francisco's Justin Smith, who apparently has an injury that will prevent him from participating. Dareus recorded a career-high 71 tackles and registered 7.5 sacks. Dareus is the fourth member of Buffalo's top 10 ranked defense that will go to Hawaii. 

The fact that Buffalo will have four players on their defense heading to the Pro Bowl serves as proof that the team is making significant strides toward success. Unfortunately, that success may become more difficult to sustain if Mike Pettine leaves the Bills for the head coaching vacancy in Cleveland. Reports have surfaced that Pettine is a leading candidate for the position. The Bills will also have a decision to make regarding Jairus Byrd, who will join Dareus in Hawaii. Byrd's contract status has been in limbo since the end of last season, where he was hit with the franchise tag by Buffalo while they hash out a long-term deal.

Still shut out of Sunday's game is rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso. He led fan voting for the Pro Bowl but was denied a spot on the original rosters. Then Monday, it was announced two injured 49ers linebackers, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, would be replaced for Kansas City's Derrick Johnson and Jacksonville's Paul Posluszny – a former Bill. Alonso was third in the NFL with 159 tackles and added four interceptions. He's a finalist for the NFL Rookie of the year and was named defensive rookie of the year last week by the Pro Football Writers Association.
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, Marcell Dareus, NFL, Pro Bowl

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