"I thought it was a very courageous effort down the stretch from him and the offense", McDermott said.
The process with Dareus has been going on for years, but it's new to McDermott.
He called the decision to order Dareus to travel home on his own as being "the right thing for this football team", and also something he didn't want to deal with at that time because he was focused on preparing for the game. The specific violation of team rules was not immediately known before kickoff.
Buffalo turned to Wenning because starter Tyrod Taylor and third-stringer T.J. Yates are both being evaluated for concussions suffered Saturday in a 13-9 preseason loss at Baltimore. Not by choice. In a surprise, TJ Yates was also diagnosed with a concussion. Despite McDermott's vote of confidence, it's understandable to wonder how long he'll be able to hold off Nathan Peterman if the rookie continues to look better. "We obviously have to go in with more than one". He's treating it that way. "I acknowledge what had gone on in the past, I'm not as interested in that as I am where we're going in the future".
McDermott was asked if getting sent home was a standard or previously agreed upon punishment for what Dareus did.
Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said it's hard to concentrate on his game "and then think about your family that's back home when there's constantly updates going on around the clock about things that are going on back in your hometown".
Now, they have to move forward.