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Marcell Dareus welcomed back by 60 brothers

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills are rallying around defensive end Marcell Dareus after the death of his 19-year-old brother in a triple homicide near Birmingham, Ala.

Dareus returned to the club around noon today and participated fully in practice. He declined to speak with reporters afterward but was expected to release a statement later today through the team.

"In the short period of time we had a conversation, I could tell he's hurting," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "But he's being strong."

Gailey said he thought Dareus would have to return to Alabama after Sunday's home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I thought one of our players stated it well," Gailey said. "He said that there's 60 family members here, too, 60 brothers here that care for him. They just want to help him get through it.

"He felt the responsibility to be back here, knowing he had responsibilities there. I think everybody's going to work to make sure that it all goes as smoothly as possible. It can't go smooth -- but as smoothly as possible."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

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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