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Dareus has been a three-year starter in Buffalo since being drafted with the third pick out of Alabama. He’s coming off a career season in which he was credited with 71 tackles and 7½ sacks and made his first Pro Bowl appearance as an injury replacement.

It was a bounce-back year for Dareus, who acknowledged he lacked focus on football the previous season after his younger brother was one of three people shot and killed during a burglary in Alabama.

Marrone emphasized that Dareus’ two-week break was not a punishment.

“It was both of us sitting down and talking about how do we move forward, how do we get this thing right, and working together in coming up with that decision,” Marrone said. “Anyone that makes a poor decision hurts. I have to do whatever I can to make sure that our players, our coaches, everyone, makes a better decision.”


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