ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss the next two weeks of voluntary practices to take time off from football in a bid to get his life and career on track following his latest off-field legal issue.
Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement after practice Tuesday, four days after Dareus crashed his Jaguar into a tree while allegedly racing another car not far from the Bills' stadium. Expressing disappointment in Dareus, Marrone said he is taking a more personal role in attempting to help a player who is dealing with what he called "personal issues."
Marrone says he knows who the other driver was would not identify him, but WGR SportsRadio 550's Joe Buscaglia is quoting sources who say it was Jerry Hughes.
Police say Dareus faces drag-racing, reckless endangerment and other charges as a result of the accident.
Last month, Dareus was charged in his native Alabama with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.