Marcell Dareus, the Bills’ talented but troubled defensive tackle, will miss the rest of Buffalo’s Organized Team Activities while he tries to get his personal life together.
Bills coach Doug Marrone told reporters today that Dareus will not attend the remainder of the Bills’ OTAs. Dareus is not suspended and will return for mandatory minicamp.
“Marcell has made some poor decisions lately. He’s dealing with a lot of personal issues too,” Marrone said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Dareus has been arrested twice this offseason. He was already facing felony charges for possession of synthetic marijuana in Alabama when he was arrested last week on charges stemming from an apparent car race.
But while the Bills are obviously not pleased with Dareus, they’re not about to give up on him, either. Marrone said, “I believe in Marcell,” and stressed that the team is committed to helping Dareus get back on the right track. Dareus is a good player who was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season, and the Bills are standing by him. Even if his off-field actions make that difficult.