Tonawanda News — ORCHARD PARK — Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is taking the next two weeks off from voluntary practices as he faces criminal charges for the second time in a month.
Coach Doug Marrone said after practice Tuesday that he and Dareus had a lengthy discussion and agreed the player should take a break from football.
Dareus crashed his 2012 Jaguar into a tree while allegedly racing another car not far from Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday. According to Hamburg Town police, Dareus was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. He was also ticketed for several traffic violations, including drag-racing.
The accident occurred about a month after Dareus was arrested in his native Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Marrone was disappointed in Dareus for making what he called “some poor decisions.”
“I just want to make sure that I’m clear that everyone understands that I believe in Marcell, and I will do everything I can to make sure that we can get him on the right track,” Marrone said. “I’m going to do everything I can to help a 24-year-old man make better decisions.”
Without going into detail, Marrone said Dareus was dealing with “personal issues.” Marrone also wouldn’t reveal what Dareus would be doing during the next two weeks or where that would occur. He does expect Dareus to return for the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp that opens June 17.
The accident occurred about three hours after Marrone closed a three-day voluntary minicamp by warning his players to avoid trouble during their long weekend off.
After receiving a complaint of two cars racing down a major street, police arrived to discover Dareus’ Jaguar badly damaged by a crash into a tree near a busy intersection. Dareus was arrested and then released and is scheduled to appear in court June 17.