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Report: Marcell Dareus non-jury trial set for Sept. 9

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

It's been a busy offseason for Marcell Dareus -- for all the wrong reasons. (USATSI)
It's been a busy offseason for Marcell Dareus -- for all the wrong reasons. (USATSI)

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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.

Drantch also reports that Dareus was offered a plea deal but it wasn't accepted, though that could change.

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.

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