Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is upset that Tom Brady’s four-game suspension will cause him to miss the Patriots’ first matchup with the Bills, he told the NFL Network on Wednesday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Brady’s request for a rehearing on Wednesday, meaning his four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate controversy will stand unless he appeals to the Supreme Court.
Brady will miss games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and the Bills in Week 4.
“I hate that Brady’s not going to be there,” Dareus said. “But when he comes back ... it’s on.
“If we win, all right, we win. But I don’t feel like I really won until I beat the guy. I love playing against Brady. I get up for him. I play against him every year, and he knows I’m coming. So for him not to be up there tears me up a little bit. But the second time I see him, I’m going to be excited to play against him.”
The Bills will host the Patriots in Week 8 on Oct. 30, so Dareus will get his opportunity to try to beat Brady on his home turf.
Dareus had 51 tackles and two sacks last season, and has 1.5 sacks against the Patriots during his five-year career.