Bills' Dareus excused from camp for court date in Alabama
The Buffalo Bills got done with practice Monday and head coach Doug Marrone was once again asked about the process that star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will go through to get back on the field.
During that answer, Marrone dropped a tidbit of information that Dareus actually wasn’t in attendance at training camp on Monday, catching a few off guard.
“At the present time, I have excused Marcell,” the coach revealed. “He is taking care of some personal stuff, but he'll be like everybody else. You've seen him before on the side, training and getting ready to pass the physical.”
That “personal stuff” Marrone referred to was a court date in Alabama according to Jeff Russo of WKBW. At this hearing, the judge accepted Dareus into a pretrial program that could result in the dismissal of all his felony charges in Alabama if completed successfully.
In addition to the pretrial program, Dareus must also go through the NFL program regarding the same charges and “provide the court with periodic updates,” according to Russo.
While Marrone didn’t provide any of those specific facts, he did tell reporters that Dareus is expected to be back with the team at St. John Fisher College at some point on Monday night. That is not the only issue for Dareus, however.
As it was previously alluded to in Marrone’s quote, the defensive tackle needs to pass a conditioning test in order to get on the field for the Bills. He failed the first test on Saturday and was promptly placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.
The head coach said it was the running portion of the conditioning test. The next time he’ll take it will be when the team’s weight coaches “feel that he’s ready,” according to Marrone.
ESPN’s Sal Paolontonio told WGR Sports Radio 550 Monday morning that Dareus wouldn’t take the test until Thursday or Friday at the earliest. The Bills get back on the practice field Tuesday morning at 8 am, likely without Dareus once again.
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