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Marcell Dareus will miss the rest of the Bills’ OTAs

Buffalo Bills Marcell Dareus celebrates his sack against the Washington Redskins during the first half of their NFL football game in Toronto Reuters

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.

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23 Responses to “Marcell Dareus will miss the rest of the Bills’ OTAs”
  1. gf2711 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:43 PM

    It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, considering the Bills brought in three players where they were told they have one strike and they’re out.

  2. skoobyfl says: Jun 3, 2014 12:45 PM

    Not a big deal … it was synthetic street racing, not the real thing

  3. bassplucker says: Jun 3, 2014 12:49 PM

    So, as a result of criminal misconduct that could very easily have injured or killed somebody, he gets to skip out on part of his job (OTAs), with pay.

    Somehow, something doesn’t feel right about that.

  4. thraiderskin says: Jun 3, 2014 12:52 PM

    Its ridiculous… how many times are we going to hear a coach say a guy made some bad decisions? It has become cliche and it almost trivializes the screw ups. Arrested twice in one off season, over completely different things, this dude should be fired. I don’t feel bad for him, I don’t think he deserves a second chance, I don’t think he should get to play NFL football anymore. Man these guys are stupid, no more excuses.

  5. luther6 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:55 PM

    His brother was killed in a shooting just a couple of years ago. Now everyone will utter banal nonsense about “professionalism,” but that’s a traumatic event, much like C.J. Spiller’s experience last year. These are young men and they are, contrary to popular convention, very human. This is typical behavior for someone who has endured a traumatic experience.

    Marcell seems like a good guy and I hope he pulls through.

  6. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jun 3, 2014 1:06 PM

    What a bonehead. Indy driver you are not. One less well prepared d-lineman to concern ourselves with once the season starts is my main takeaway.. :)

  7. 4grammarpolice says: Jun 3, 2014 1:14 PM

    These dumb baseball players just don’t know how act. Oh wait…

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 3, 2014 1:14 PM

    Well there goes the “I need my driver’s license for work” plea.

  9. jdbaker01 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:23 PM

    how did Saban ever keep these guys under control?

  10. Please Ban TheStrategyExpert From Posting says: Jun 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    Not to make excuses for his behavior, but he is a genuinely nice kid who’s making terrible decisions in the wake of personal troubles triggered by the unexpected murder of his brother in fall of 2012.

    An idiot, sure, but something is to be said for a 24 year old kid who just makes dumb decisions compared to some of the other guys in the league who beat their wives/gfs, sexually assault women, or are involved/have ties to violent crimes and/or gang activities.

    Not that it’s right, but I’ll take the dumb kid over the violent criminal on my football team any day of the week.

  11. jvw1982 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:44 PM

    He is 23-24 yrs old, driving around in a Jag with millions of dollars in the bank came across another expensive car and raced it down the street…..smart? no but how many of you would have done the same thing………sometimes you do really stupid things at a young age….he should be very happy he didn’t die in that crash…..don’t ruin the kids life because of a stupid mistake…..

  12. surfinbird1 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:46 PM

    Just what he needs: more time on his hands.

  13. bengalguy says: Jun 3, 2014 1:53 PM

    He oughta skip a few trips to the China Buffett too!

  14. henryjones20 says: Jun 3, 2014 2:39 PM

    So many jealous “fans” out here that would being doing things 1000 times worse if put in the same financial situation.bunch of armchair monday morning qb losers.lol

  15. r8rsfan says: Jun 3, 2014 2:39 PM

    It’s en vogue to throw the baby out with the bath water. Hats off to the Bills for taking a level approach. And there are circumstances in this case the rest of us are not privy to, obviously.

  16. djshnooks says: Jun 3, 2014 2:54 PM

    He’s lost his mother, brother and grandmother in the span of about 2 years.

    He is still only 22 or 23 years old.

    I’m sure you were all perfect at that age.

    Money doesn’t speed up the progression of a young kid’s brain, either…but you all make it seem like it should in fact do that.

  17. VenerableAxiom says: Jun 3, 2014 3:07 PM

    Funny how many people say (i.e. bills fans) have stated that the fins should cut Pouncy for his stupid mistakes, yet here they support Dareus claiming he’s just a young guy who made an immature mistakes. Fact is, they are the same age.

    At least Pouncy wasn’t arrested or put peoples lives in jeopardy. Of course what they do have in common is that they’re both good players, and so they’re going to get support from their coaches and fans.

  18. realnflmaster says: Jun 3, 2014 3:19 PM

    Hahahahaha, Buffalo losing on and off the field since the beginning of time!

  19. mackcarrington says: Jun 3, 2014 3:28 PM

    People want this guy out of a job and on the street. This isn’t some office job where you can just pick someone up off the street to replace him. There’s only a limited number of people who can do well at a highly specialized job like that. Short of him killing someone, you just don’t fire a guy for these kind of transgressions.

  20. onbucky96 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:08 PM

    Yeah, why work out? Wake n bake…frickin stoner.

  21. bassplucker says: Jun 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    How many of us would still have our jobs if we had been arrested twice in less than a month? Much less get additional time off with pay? Just sayin’.

  22. beaumustang says: Jun 3, 2014 5:37 PM

    You all realize a lot of these young men are in the age range of 22 to 25, how many of you all made the best decisions at that age?

  23. rrhess1529 says: Jun 4, 2014 10:54 AM

    Young an dumb, but still a beast GO Bills….

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