Dareus: No word from NFL on suspension

August, 19, 2014
Aug 19
6:30
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Speaking to reporters for the first time since May, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said he has not yet spoken with the NFL about a possible suspension following two arrests this offseason.

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"When I talk with them, when I hear from them, that’s when I’ll have a better understanding with what’s going on," Dareus said.

Dareus was arrested May 5 in Alabama on two felony drug possession charges. In July, he entered a pre-trial intervention program that could lead to those charges being dropped.

Additionally, Dareus was arrested May 30 in Hamburg, New York, after an alleged street race with teammate Jerry Hughes. He turned down a plea deal for misdemeanor charges and is next scheduled to appear in Hamburg Town Court on Sept. 9.

A spokesperson for the Bills said Dareus was unable to answer "legal" questions Tuesday.

Dareus failed his conditioning test upon reporting to training camp last month.

“With that whole issue, it wasn’t anything about the physical. It was just more mental for me," he said. "It was just a hurdle I had to get over. Mentally I got over it, got over everything else, so it was just when I did the conditioning test two days later -- I don’t know, getting in shape, finishing the conditioning test -- it was just a million things for me.

"And I got over it, moving forward, just ready to put everything I have into what we’re trying to do here.”

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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