The Hillsborough County (Fla.) circuit court dismissed a civil lawsuit for alleged sexual assault against Dareus, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
The decision came down Feb. 11, but the NFL has yet to make its own ruling on the matter, as Dareus may have violated the personal conduct policy. Dareus started 15 games for the Jaguars in 2018, accruing 32 tackles and one sack while playing 54.9 percent of the defensive snaps. Beyond Dareus and Abry Jones, Jacksonville doesn't have an experienced option at defensive tackle.
Dareus was a 15-game starter for Jacksonville in 2018, accruing 32 tackles (23 solo), one sack and one forced fumble while averaging 37.5 snaps per game. He's not the same player that piled up 28.5 sacks for the Bills over the first four seasons of his carer, but the soon-to-be 29-year-old still has some value as a run-stuffer.
Dareus had 32 tackles (23 solo), one sack and one forced fumble during 15 games this season.
Dareus had one of the less productive statistical seasons of his career, but still helped the Jaguars defense rank fifth in total defense ( 311.4 YPG) in his starting role at defensive tackle. The 28-year-old carries a cap hit of almost $10.6 million in 2019 and could be released with zero dead cap, per Spotrac.com, making him a prime candidate to be a cap casualty with Jacksonville in dire need of cap space.
Dareus played a season-low 19 snaps in last Thursday's loss to the Titans as he was forced to exit the game due to illness. The 28-year-old appears fully recovered and should resume his starting role at defensive tackle for Week 15.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the game appears to have gotten away from the Jaguars, so the team may opt to give the veteran the rest of the night off. In his absence, look for Eli Ankou to see increased reps.
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