Apparently, Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus can’t run like he drives.
The Pro Bowler, who was arrested in the offseason both for possession of synthetic marijuana and drag racing, landed on the non-football injury list to start training camp because he failed the pre-camp conditioning test.
“He needs to focus on getting himself ready,” coach Doug Marrone told reporters regarding Dareus.
While a technicality of sorts, it’s a bad sign for a guy who has faced serious questions about his commitment after the off-field incidents. With the team in his corner following the arrests, common sense suggests that Dareus would have redoubled his efforts to show gratitude for the loyalty, and to prove that his off-field issues won’t affect his job performance.
Dareus presumably will remain on the NFI list until he can pass the conditioning test, a drama that four years ago marked the beginning of the end for Albert Haynesworth in Washington.