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December 21, 2014

Dareus accepted in diversion program

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Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014 10:00 pm

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program in Cleburne County, according to his attorney. He will also be participating an NFL Substance Abuse program.

According to Rod Giddens, Dareus’ attorney, if he completes the substance abuse program, the drug charges against him will be dismissed and his record could possibly be expunged.

Dareus, a veteran of the Alabama Crimson Tide and defensive MVP of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, was drafted in the third round by the Bills in 2011.

Dareus made the Pro Bowl team last year and had his best season yet, with 7.5 sacks, but was arrested for possession of synthetic narcotics and drug paraphernalia in Cleburne County in May. A month later, he was arrested for various charges related to drag racing in upstate New York.

The day before the diversion deal was accepted in Cleburne County, Dareus was placed on the Bills’ Non-Football injury list after failing a conditioning test.

Coach Doug Marrrone told reporters Monday that Dareus had been excused from training camp while “he’s taking care of some personal stuff.”

– Chris Norwood

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