Bills coach Chan Gailey said he expects defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to be back in town Sunday for the home opener against the Chiefs. Dareus returned to Alabama early this week after learning that his brother, Simeon Gilmore, 19, had been shot to death in a triple homicide early Sunday in a Birmingham suburb.
"I talked to him this morning," Gailey said at his weekly press conference in the team practice bubble. "I think he'll be back for Sunday's game. Whether it's tonight, tomorrow or the next day, I don't know. I think he'll be here for this week, and he wants to be back."
Gailey was asked if he felt Dareus was looking forward to being around his teammates, who are like a second family to the second-year pro.
"Yeah," Gailey said. "I think he understands responsibility everywhere. You can't be everywhere all the time. So we didn't try to pressure him into anything. I think he understands responsibility, which is good. All of our condolences do go out to him and the family. He's got a lot on his plate, to say the least."
Kyle Williams, the Bills' other starting defensive tackle, said he had corresponded with Dareus and told him to take all the time he needs to deal with the grieving process back home in Birmingham.
"I've traded text messages with him, talked to him a little bit," Williams said. "Obviously, Marcell is going through a hard time right now. One thing we can all agree on, in this locker room and outside of it, is that there are many, many things more important than this game and losing a football game.
"We're here to support Marcell. I think he'll be back sometime this week, and our prayers are with him. Anytime that he's here, he's going to lift our team, and we'll be glad to have him. But at the same time, I don't know what the timetable there is. Whatever that timetable is, I'm sure we'll be sensitive to it and let him take care of what he needs to take care of. We'll be there to suport him."