Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, right, lays out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as the Bucs’ Brandon McDonald (33) looks on. (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)
Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates his sack with Jarius Byrd (31) against the Chiefs. (AP photo by Gary Wiepert)
The Buffalo Bills scored a 35-17 win over Kansas City today as the team paid tribute to former Alabama player Marcell Dareus.
Dareus, a second-year defensive tackle, played after traveling to Birmingham this past week to mourn the death of his brother. Dareus’ younger brother, Simeon Gilmore, was one of three people killed during a burglary in Pelham on Sunday.
“He’s going through a rough time, but he felt responsibilities here,” Kyle Williams told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “He always picks our team up and we’re glad that he’s back.”
Dareus played with a shoulder injury, but still had two tackles, a sack and two stops behind the line. Another former Alabama defensive lineman, Mark Anderson, had three tackles for the Bills, including one behind the line.
“The team rallied up around me. This is my release from whatever is going on in the outside world,” Dareus told reporters. “I focused in on the football field and took everything else out of my head.”
For Kansas City, ex-Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas had three tackles, returned three punts for 40 yards and ran back two kickoffs for 40 yards.
They weren’t the only former Alabama standouts to shine today. New Orleans lost 35-27 to Carolina but Mark Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Saints defensive back Roman Harper of Alabama had three tackles.
Arizona beat New England 20-18 as safety Rashad Johnson had a tackle. For the Patriots, linebacker Dont’a Hightower managed five stops, including one behind the line.
Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron had 10 tackles and defended two passes, but the Bucs fell 41-34 to the New York Giants.
Philadelphia beat Baltimore as middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans had a big day. He made seven tackles, one sack for a 13-yard loss and two stops behind the line. In addition, he intercepted a pass, although he didn’t gain any yards on the return. Still, it set up a touchdown.
For the Ravens, linebacker Courtney Upshaw had six tackles, including one behind the line.
Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain had two tackles in Oakland’s 35-13 loss to Miami.
Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain rushed for 19 yards on two carries as San Diego beat Tennessee 38-10. Also for the Chargers, linebacker Jarret Johnson had a tackle.
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