In late May, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest. On Tuesday, Dareus emerged from a Town of Hamburg Court hearing in which his non-jury trial was set for Sept. 9, according to WIVB's Ed Drantch -- two days after the Bills' season opener against the Bears in Chicago.
Marcell Dareus leaving Town of Hamburg ct after this hearing- non jury trial set for Sept 9 pic.twitter.com/Z2U07tV02h— Ed Drantch (@EdDrantch4) July 1, 2014
Drantch also reports that Dareus was offered a plea deal but it wasn't accepted, though that could change.
I've just learned a plea deal was offered to Dareus, but was not accepted today. It does not mean he won't accept it. Trial set for 9/9.— Ed Drantch (@EdDrantch4) July 1, 2014
Dareus, who has applied for a pre-trial intervention program, according to ESPN.com, was arrested twice in May. In addition to the aforementioned racing charges, the defensive tackle was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in Alabama.
The Bills drafted Dareus third-overall in 2011, and picked up his fifth-year option this spring, but it's guaranteed for injury only.