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Bills' Dareus speaks, implies he hasn't heard from league yet

The last time Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus addressed the media was on May 28, which followed his felony charges in the state of Alabama for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Dareus, at the time, said the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that it would be put behind him in the future.

"It’s behind me, it’s behind me. I mean, I’m not a trouble guy, I don’t cause any problems nowhere. I’m not a loud guy, I don’t do anything, just have fun and be myself. If things happen, things happen," he said. "I feel like I’m on the straight and narrow. Things happen; young, dumb. You’ve got to correct it and just work through it."

Just two days later, Dareus was arrested again. This time, he was booked for an alleged street race that resulted in multiple misdemeanor charges. From that day, the Bills and the defensive tackle have played it safe in nearly a three-month absence from addressing reporters.

That silence stopped on Tuesday.

"I'm 100-percent sure that everything is just fine and we're going to just keep moving forward. I don't have any worries," Dareus remarked, while not giving too many details about how the process is going. "I'm just kind of sitting back, putting my best foot forward and we're all riding together. We're just kind of doing the best that we can for the season for the Buffalo Bills."

The question that carries the most weight is in regards to the defensive tackle's standing with the National Football League. His two off-the-field transgressions could put him in jeopardy of missing games due to a suspension.

Dareus was asked multiple times about the league office's feelings on the matter, and he steered clear of making any notable comments. One could read through his answers that the fourth-year player has yet to be contacted by the league, however.

"I'm not really discussing that, because that's something I have to talk about with them. And when we get to that point, we get there," he quickly replied. "That there is just something, that if I do or when I do, that will be something I have to take up with them."

Dareus is among one of the most important pieces to the defense and is coming off a Pro Bowl season. The NFL has yet to give their decisions on some other players around the league that have gotten into trouble off the field through this offseason, which means the Bills are not alone in their wait.

The teams awaiting a decision from the league will likely have their answers ahead of the first week of the regular season. Buffalo opens up their campaign against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, September 7.

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**Photo courtesy of The Associated Press


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08/19/2014 8:31PM
Bills' Dareus speaks, implies he hasn't heard from league yet
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08/19/2014 8:35PM
Hmmmmmmmmm
When will the next drag race be scheduled Marcell?
08/19/2014 9:52PM
hands up...
nuff said!
08/19/2014 9:58PM
The Afternoon Show On WGR
Was 100 times better with Sal and the Bulldog. There was real chemistry happening between the two. The show was 50 times better with Sal and Schopp. Slightly less chemistry, but opposite views made for good conversations. The show is horrible with Schoppand the Bulldog. No chemistry, no good conversations, just a lot of dullness.
08/20/2014 1:56AM
NFL is oh so busy
Not capable of getting through its caseload of players w discipline issues? Goodell cleared 35 million in salary last yr. Are they really unable to resolve these issues quickly? Teams need to make roster decisions soon. Goodell should devote a few million in the league's petty cash fund and hire folks to expedite the discipline process. What a way to run a non profit...
08/20/2014 5:59AM
come on man
get it together Marcel....wtf its time to prove yourself.
08/20/2014 7:03AM
Afternoon show
I agree Sal and the Bulldog have a better chemistry Schopp has an elitist attitude I personally don't like listening to him. Sal displays his knowledge without attitude!
08/20/2014 11:07AM
Re: The Afternoon Show On WGR
That has nothing to do with this article. While you are on the subject, I think they all stink except Simon. Howard needs a one man show like the Empire days with Ricky Jay in the booth. Boy, those were the days.
08/20/2014 11:15AM
re:to come on man.
That right marcel just get you mind together. You just came from the probowl and the way you play. you will be their again man just leave that offseason mess alone. And you will be alright you know it and we know it. And if you think i am playing just ask william about his offseason troubles. You will notice you don't hear a dam thing about him. Since comming to buffalo and their are some other players knows just what you are going through. My point is it happen and now it's over; Now take you fines or loss of games and move on. Because it really going to hurt you if your teammates lose any one of those games if you are not in their. And your fans too. So everybody just going to have to suck it up Because it going to happen. I just hope his replacement just get the job done. Lets go ruff buff.
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