Dareus delayed in getting back to Bills camp
Through the first five days of training camp at St. John Fisher College, one of the biggest storylines have been about stud defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and when he'll be able to get back on the field for practice. After having been excused from the team on Monday to attend a court hearing in Alabama, Dareus was expected back on Monday evening.
Mother nature got in the way, apparently, and disallowed Dareus' return to the team. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters following Tuesday's practice that the flight for Dareus back to the team had been delayed until Tuesday morning due to inclement weather, and now they have the full expectation that the defensive tackle will be back in Pittsford, NY at some point in the day.
Dareus flew down to Alabama to officially be accepted into a pretrial program that could result in his felony charges being dropped if successfully completed. He was arrested and charged with two felony counts in May for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Adding another layer to the story, Dareus also hasn't been able to take the field for the team after a failed conditioning test on Saturday. The team said they'll continue to evaluate him and determine when they believe he'll be ready to take the test again. No timetable has been given, but the Bills remained confident that he'll get back on the field.
Dareus rejoins the team for practice on Wednesday at 8 am, and will likely work with trainers to the side of the session.
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