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Marcell Dareus | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 331
College: Alabama
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Bills activated DT Marcell Dareus from the active/PUP list.
Dareus has passed his conditioning test after showing up to camp out of shape. It shows a lack of professionalism, but isn't a concern for Dareus' 2014 status. Dareus is emerging as one of the league's better defensive linemen. Jul 24 - 5:47 PM

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Bills DT Marcell Dareus has agreed to enter an NFL substance-abuse program in order to have his felony drug charges in Alabama dropped.

Dareus skipped training camp on Monday -- though he wouldn't have been able to participate anyway due to his failed conditioning test over the weekend -- to attend a court hearing in Alabama. Next on Dareus' list to have resolved are his traffic violations stemming from a street racing incident over the spring. The tentative expectation is that Dareus will receive a one- or two-game ban.
Jul 21 - 10:49 PM

DT Marcell Dareus will not re-take his conditioning test until Thursday at the earliest.

Over the last year, Dareus has been benched twice for violating team rules, arrested twice and reported to camp significantly out of shape. But the Bills can't afford to give up on a Pro Bowl-caliber talent, especially when they're thin at defensive tackle. "Dareus has a good heart," coach Doug Marrone said. "We will get him in shape. We need him to play football for us."
Jul 21 - 10:42 AM

Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed Sunday that DT Marcell Dareus opened camp on active/PUP because he couldn't pass the team's conditioning tests.

The Bills were the first team to open training camp when they took the field Sunday evening. Dareus went on active/PUP on Saturday. It should only be a day-to-day situation, but is another red flag following Dareus' two offseason arrests, one for drag racing and another for possession of synthetic marijuana. He's also regularly late to team meetings. Although Dareus is a Pro Bowl-caliber player, the Bills have to be growing wary of signing him to a high-dollar long-term extension. They do have Dareus under control for the next two seasons.
Jul 20 - 5:52 PM

Bills placed DT Marcell Dareus on the active/NFI list.

The Bills haven't listed Dareus with an injury, but he's not expected to be available for their first training camp practice on Sunday. It's another setback for a player who has been dealing with multiple off-field issues. Buffalo has also placed OL J.J. Unga on active/NFI.
Jul 19 - 5:04 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo reports "there isn't much clarification" on if DT Marcell Dareus will be suspended for the start of the season.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in May and is also dealing with misdemeanor charges stemming from a drag-racing incident. The NFL is expected to wait for the cases to play out before making a decision on whether to take disciplinary action. Dareus' Week 1 availability has potential to impact the roster spots of DTs Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles. The Bills could keep five defensive tackles even if Dareus isn't suspended.
Jul 11 - 5:27 PM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus turned down a plea deal stemming from an alleged May 30 street-racing accident.

Dareus still wants to resolve misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges before a September 9 trial date, but he declined the prosecution's offer to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge. The incident came roughly one month after Dareus was arrested in Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Commissioner Roger Goodell is likely waiting for both cases to shake out before dropping a disciplinary hammer.
Jul 2 - 9:10 AM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus has applied for a pre-trial intervention program in hopes of getting felony possession charges dropped.

Dareus was arrested in Alabama in May for possession of synthetic marijuana. If he is admitted into and finishes the pre-trial program, the possession charges could be dropped. Dareus is also dealing with misdemeanor charges stemming from a drag-racing incident in New York earlier this month.
Jun 14 - 10:53 AM

Coach Doug Marrone said DT Marcell Dareus (arrests) will not participate in the remainder of OTAs but will be back for mandatory minicamp later this month.

"I believe in Marcell," Marrone said, indicating the Bills plan to stick by the fourth-year player after he was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana last month before racking up three misdemeanor charges in a drag racing and property damage incident last weekend. The charges aren't major, but Dareus needs to get focused back on football after his breakout 2013 campaign.
Jun 3 - 12:41 PM

The Buffalo News reports Marcell Dareus was charged with three misdemeanors and four traffic violations for "drag racing and property damage" in Hamburg, N.Y. last week.

According to reporter Tim Graham, Dareus is "accused of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident." It's not a good look for a player who was arrested just last month for possession of synthetic marijuana. Racking up so many misdemeanors could leave Dareus subject to a suspension. Dareus is coming off a breakout year, but has to get his head on straight.
Jun 2 - 5:50 PM

Sources tell the Buffalo News that the Bills have been concerned about Marcell Dareus' marijuana usage since Chan Gailey was coach (2010-12).

"Nobody has been able to convince Dareus to stop getting high," the Buffalo News says. Dareus was arrested Monday on felony charges for possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in Alabama. The substance was reportedly synthetic marijuana, which can potentially avoid detection in a drug test. Dareus is coming off a breakout season that saw him grade out sixth among 69 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' DT/NT rankings.
May 8 - 10:01 AM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Monday for possession of synthetic marijuana.

An Alabama product, Dareus was reportedly released within an hour of his arrest. It's an extremely minor offense compared to some of the issues Dareus' NFL peers have dealt with. The Bills recently exercised Dareus' 2015 team option. Coming off a beastly 2013, he's a candidate for a contract extension. This shouldn't change that.
May 6 - 10:21 PM

The Bills are hoping to sign DT Marcell Dareus to a long-term deal this offseason.

Dareus is under team control for the next two seasons at $11.22 million, but an extension could be worked out after the draft. Dareus graded out as a top-six defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus last year and is coming off a career-high 7.5 sacks.
Apr 26 - 3:12 PM

Bills exercised DT Marcell Dareus' fifth-year club option for 2015.

A no-brainer. Dareus is a long-term extension candidate, but is now under team control for two more seasons at a reasonable $11.22 million. The No. 3 overall pick of the 2011 draft has never missed a game and has 18.5 career sacks from the interior while also playing stout run defense. Dareus has a problem with showing up late to team meetings, but he's an on-field difference maker.
Apr 25 - 11:36 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said at the Combine Friday that DT Marcell Dareus could be a candidate for a long-term extension.

"It’s on our radar, but right now we prioritize things," Whaley said. Dareus is entering the final year of his rookie contract and graded out as the No. 6 defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus this past season. His contract situation could be put on hold with re-signing free agent FS Jairus Byrd a more pressing issue. The Bills could also exercise a fifth-year option to keep Dareus under contract through 2015.
Feb 21 - 8:08 PM

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