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June 4, 2014

Bills' Pro Bowler Dareus to sit out as he faces new charges

Bills' Pro Bowler Dareus to sit out as he faces new charges

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Tonawanda News — A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes is alleged to have been driving the second car, described by witnesses as a black Camaro. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the accident is still under investigation.

The Buffalo News first reported on its website Tuesday that police are investigating whether Hughes was driving the other vehicle.

Dareus was the Bills’ 2011 first-round draft pick. His troubles date to the end of last season, when was benched for portions of each of Buffalo’s two final games because he violated a team rule.

The legal issues could lead to disciplinary action from the NFL, including a fine or suspension.

As recently as last week, Dareus said he was ready to put his troubles behind him when he arrived for the start of minicamp.

“I feel like I’m on the straight and narrow,” he said then. “Things happen: young, dumb. You’ve got to correct it and just work through it.”

Dareus has been a three-year starter in Buffalo since being drafted with the third pick out of Alabama. He’s coming off a career season in which he was credited with 71 tackles and 7½ sacks and made his first Pro Bowl appearance as an injury replacement.

It was a bounce-back year for Dareus, who acknowledged he lacked focus on football the previous season after his younger brother was one of three people shot and killed during a burglary in Alabama.

Marrone emphasized that Dareus’ two-week break was not a punishment.

“It was both of us sitting down and talking about how do we move forward, how do we get this thing right, and working together in coming up with that decision,” Marrone said. “Anyone that makes a poor decision hurts. I have to do whatever I can to make sure that our players, our coaches, everyone, makes a better decision.”

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