Winless Bills fall to Ravens 13-9

Tyrod Taylor out with concussion, Marcell Dareus out for breaking the rules.

August 26, 2017 - 8:41 pm
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BALTIMORE (WBEN/AP) — Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was removed from Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a concussion.

The injury occurred Saturday night at the end of the Bills' second possession of the game. On a third-down play, Taylor was sacked by linebacker Matthew Judon and landed hard on the turf.

The quarterback was slow getting off the field, and he did not return for the Bills' next set of downs.

Taylor went 1 for 3 for 1 yard. He was replaced by Nathan Peterman.

Meanwhile, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is in trouble again.

Dareus was sent home for violating a team rule before Buffalo faced the Ravens in a preseason game Saturday night.

The team would not discuss specifics on the violation, but general manager Brandon Beane and first-year coach Sean McDermott were obviously displeased.

"Sean and I are going to do things the right way," Beane said. "He violated a team rule, so we sent him home. Disappointing."

Asked if further discipline is a possibility, Beane responded, "Not sure, to be honest with you. This was the move we wanted to make today and we'll talk more about it when we get back to Buffalo."

This isn't the first time Dareus has been a distraction to the Bills. He's been arrested twice and suspended twice since being selected in the first round — third overall — by Buffalo in the 2011 draft.

In the midst of a six-year, $108 million contract, Dareus opened each of the past two seasons serving NFL substance abuse-related suspensions, including a four-game ban last year.

"It's very disappointing," Beane said. "Any player that you have to send home, this is not the norm. This is not what you're looking for. Obviously a guy with his contract status, you would hope that he would be a better leader than that, and hopefully he learns from it and moves on and continues to be a Buffalo Bill."

Beane and McDermott are both trying to set a positive tone in their first year in Buffalo, and this transgression goes against that trend.

"Everybody's got to be on-board right now, so hopefully this is something he'll learn from," Beane said. "We have expectations, we have standards that everybody has to live by. If you're not, then you're not going to be here."

The Bills made far too many mistakes against the Baltimore Ravens, who remained undefeated in the preseason with a 13-9 victory Saturday night.

Though starting quarterback Joe Flacco has yet to take a snap at camp this summer, the Ravens (3-0) have relied heavily on their retooled defense to win.

Baltimore has allowed only two touchdowns in three games — none by the starting unit — and now stands one victory short of completing a second straight unbeaten preseason.

Buffalo (0-3) is still looking for its first win under rookie coach Sean McDermott, who's got far more important issues to address, such as the behavior of Dareus and the health of Taylor.

Backup QB Nate Peterman went 11 for 23 for 93 yards. Third-stringer T.J. Yates entered in the third quarter and had his first pass intercepted — a turnover that Baltimore converted into a touchdown for a 10-7 lead.

Buffalo was penalized nine times for 64 yards. Several of the flags came at the worst time, wiping out first downs and solid kick returns.

Finally, with 1:04 left, rookie receiver Brandon Reilly lost a fumble at the Baltimore 8 to end the Bills' final chance to win.

TEMPORARY STARTER

Ryan Mallett, who's been starting in place of Flacco for Baltimore, went 6 for 10 for 58 yards in less than a half.

ROOKIE WATCH

Bills: WR Zay Jones, a second-round selection, had three catches for 28 yards.

Ravens: Undrafted free agent RB Taquan Mizzell, out of Virginia, made an impression with six catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. He also had six carries for 14 yards.

POSITION BATTLES

Bills: Fifth-round pick Peterman was the first quarterback summoned after Taylor went down and appears to have locked down the backup role after starting camp behind Yates.

Ravens: Signed as a free agent earlier in the week, C Jeremy Zuttah returned to his familiar spot in the middle of the Baltimore offensive line and could press Ryan Jensen for a starting spot.

RAISED FIST

While many of his teammates put their hands on their hearts during the national anthem, Bills tackle Cameron Jefferson raised his right fist. Jefferson has done so previously, saying he's protesting racial inequality.

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