|Bills haven't ruled out releasing DE Hargrove following his 4-game suspension|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 12 August 2007 13:27|
``Releasing him is an option,'' coach Dick Jauron said Sunday, a day after the NFL suspended Hargrove for the first four regular-season games without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Jauron said he's still gathering information before deciding the status of Hargrove, who is entering his fourth season. But Jauron added the team will attempt to add a veteran defensive end to bolster the position, where the Bills only have three experienced players.
led to appear in court Aug. 21.
Hargrove potentially faces further punishment if the NFL determines he violated its code of conduct policy. Citing a confidentiality clause, the league did not announce what banned substance was found in Hargrove's system.
Jauron had stuck by Hargrove following his arrest, saying: ``Anthony is not guilty of anything at this point.''
That changed with the suspension.
``I'm certainly not going to deny that this changes our perspective on a number of things. It has to,'' Jauron said on Sunday. ``We're disappointed, but we'll deal with it as we move forward kind of on a daily basis.''
Hargrove was both nervous and apologetic in briefly addressing reporters after the training camp practice in suburban Rochester - the team's first since a 13-10 preseason-opening win Friday at New Orleans.
``The last two weeks, as you guys have known, have been rough,'' said Hargrove, who is allowed to practice and appear in preseason games until his suspension begins Sept. 1. ``I'm trying to put those things behind me to move on, to be a better man.''
Hargrove hoped the Bills would stand by him.
``I'm going to give it my all. And if the team decides whether I'm good enough to stay, and they wait for me, I'm all for it,'' Hargrove said. ``If not, I'll deal with things as they come.''
``I love this game and I love this team,'' Hargrove added. ``And I'm really here to say I'm sorry for putting them into a situation where they've got to make a decision like this.''
The Bills were counting on Hargrove and fifth-year veteran Ryan Denney to serve as regular backups behind starters Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay. With Hargrove out of the mix for the start of the season, the Bills are left with Eric Powell, who was inactive for all 16 games last season, and rookie seventh-round draft pick C.J. Ah You.
Jauron said he was not sure how much practice time he'd give Hargrove, because he needs to develop other players for the start of the season.
The Bills re-signed Hargrove to a one-year contract this spring after acquiring him in a trade with St. Louis in October.
The Rams deemed Hargrove expendable after he lost his starting job and skipped two days of practice. The third-round selection out of Georgia Tech in 2004 apologized for his absence but did not say why he took time off without notifying the Rams.
In 10 games with Buffalo last season, Hargrove registered 25 tackles and a sack. In 45 career games, including 19 starts, he's been credited with 152 tackles and nine sacks.