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Marcell Dareus offers his condolences to Torrey Smith

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus knows the pain Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is going through all too well.

It was just 16 days ago that Dareus' 19-year-old brother, Simeon Gilmore, was killed in Alabama. So when the news came out Sunday that Smith had lost his brother, Tevin Jones, also 19, in a motorcycle accident in Maryland, Dareus reached out to offer his condolences.

"I gave him my wishes and blessings," Dareus said. "He texted me about my loss and two weeks later I’m texting him about his. I just told him I’m so sorry, man, I know what you’re going through and just keep you head up.

"It’s tough out there, but I’m here for him."

When Dareus was introduced prior to the home opener, he was met with a thunderous ovation. That support, he said, has helped him in his time of grief.

"The team and the fans, they've have all been great support," he said.

Smith played Sunday for the Ravens, leading the team with seven catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a win over New England.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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