Bills fall to Panthers in Preseason Finale

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Buffalo Bills rookie punter Matt Araiza, who was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of gang raping a 17-year-old girl

when he was at San Diego State last year, did not dress for Friday night's 21-0 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Coach Sean McDermott said after the game that it was his call for Araiza to sit, and that the decision was reached on Friday.

McDermott said he learned some new information in the last 24 hours regarding Araiza and that he hadn't slept much

but declined to go into specifics about what the organization previously knew, how thorough the team's investigation was, and if he felt Araiza

"I would say there's been some [new information in the last 24 hours], and I'm not going to deny that, and that's why I have more work to do on this,"

McDermott said. "I'm more trying to be solution-oriented right now. And that's where I'm headed. And that's where we need to be headed."

In a statement released during the game, Araiza said, "The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press.

McDermott said he was aware of Araiza's statement, but declined to comment on the specifics.

Araiza was not seen on the sideline at any point during Friday's game or in the locker room afterward, although he did travel with the team to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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