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Bills could be forking over $250,000 to the league, due to player suspensions

The Bills suspensions of three players not only affect the team's chances in the regular seasons, but also hurt all parties financially as well.

If injuries and suspensions counted as wins, the Bills would already be close to locking up a playoff berth.

As a result of today’s news that Marcell Dareus will be suspended to start the season and the report that Manny Lawson is facing a one-game suspension, the Bills will be at three total suspensions, if Lawson’s suspension is upheld. (Previously, running back Karlos Williams was suspended four games under the substance-abuse policy.) By rule, the Bills will be required to surrender 25 percent of the money the players will lose during their suspension, up to a limit of $250,000, once Lawson’s suspension becomes final.

Thanks to the $7.9 million salary to be paid this year to Dareus, the Bills will easily hit the limit. For Dareus alone, 25 percent of his lost salary exceeds $464,000.

The Cowboys also are facing $250,000 in fines as a result of three suspensions, and the Steelers will be coughing up 15 percent of lost wages experienced by receiver Martavis Bryant and running back Le’Veon Bell, if Bell’s four-game suspension is upheld.