His body isn't ready.
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss at least one of the Bills' training camp practices because he has yet to pass the team's conditioning test. That according to head coach Doug Marrone, who confirmed the news on Sunday evening just prior to the team's opening practice of the summer.
Doug Marrone: DT Marcell Dareus failed his conditioning test upon reporting for camp. "He needs to focus on getting himself ready"— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) July 20, 2014
"Obviously you want your players to come in ready to go," Marrone said of the situation (via The Buffalo News). "We’re here for a long period of time, and we’ll make up for it."
The news is barely a blip on the radar compared to the rest of his tumultuous ride through the past seven months, but is nonetheless the latest hit for the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. That said, as soon as he is able to pass the conditioning test, he will be back out on the field at St. John Fisher, and the hope is that he'll be back near top shape soon enough.
Another player that apparently failed the conditioning test on Saturday, reserve offensive guard J.J. 'Unga, was added to the active roster earlier on Sunday and will practice this evening, implying that he has since passed that test.