Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters at his team's OTA session on Tuesday that he and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus came to a "mutual decision" that the player would not report back to the Bills until next week's mandatory minicamp.
"Marcell has made some poor decisions lately. I've been working with him. He's dealing with a lot of personal issues, too," Marrone said Tuesday (via ESPN's Mike Rodak). "I spoke with him at length. We spent a lot of time together talking about a lot of things."
"I believe in Marcell," Marrone continued, "and I will do everything I can to make sure that we can get him on the right track."
Dareus, as you have undoubtedly by now heard, was arrested last week and charged with three misdemeanors stemming from an alleged car race on Milestrip Road in Hamburg. He is due back in Hamburg Town Court on the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Another Bills player, defensive end Jerry Hughes, was reportedly involved in the incident, as well. Hughes is not yet facing charges, and unlike Dareus was present for the team's OTA practice on Tuesday.
Marrone was also careful to note that Dareus' absence from team activities this week is not a disciplinary action, as workouts are still voluntary.