The second off the field incident involving
“I’ve been working with him, he’s dealing with a lot of personal issues, too,” said Marrone. “I spoke with him at length. We spent a lot of time together talking about a lot of things. As of now, he’s not going to be attending the OTAs but he will be attending the mandatory minicamp when we come back.”
Marrone said he does know the identity of the other driver in the race, but he would not clarify.
Dareus’ teammates were just glad he wasn’t seriously hurt.
“I talked to him yesterday and he explained what happened,” said
For Dareus the incident comes on the heels of a run-in with police in his native Alabama where he was pulled over for speeding and later cited for possession of a controlled substance, a felony in that state.
The latest incident has prompted Marrone to get more involved with the problems that Dareus is dealing with off the field, an emphasized that Dareus missing the rest of the OTA practices was not disciplinary action.
“It’s not a punishment,” Marrone said. “I didn’t say, ‘Look, I need to get you out of here.’ I didn’t say, ‘I need you to stay’ and it wasn’t Marcell saying, ‘I don’t want to stay.’ It was a conversation of how are we going to move forward? How are we going to get this thing done? I’m taking a bigger role and I’m becoming more personally responsible.”
Manuel, who lives in the same complex as Dareus, talks with the defensive tackle a lot. He doesn’t believe these two incidents over the past month indicate a pattern of bad behavior.
“Not at all. He’s a very smart person. He’s a grown man,” said Manuel. “So he’s going to make the decisions he wants to make. That’s one incident. He had something else prior to that, but he’s young. We’re all young. We all make mistakes and I’m just thankful he didn’t get hurt to the point where he can’t redeem himself. But I have more than enough confidence in him that he’ll be back and ready to go for us.”