Excused from the start of training camp to handle ongoing legal matters and enter a substance abuse program, Dareus is now pledging a renewed focus in his return.
"Right now, my focus is on earning the trust of my teammates, coaches and the fans while continuing to improve as a football player," Dareus said in a statement released by the team Wednesday. "I have a passion for this game and I want to be here to help this organization achieve its goals. There are things I need to work on professionally and personally to make sure I can be accountable to myself, my family, this team and this community. My focus will remain on achieving that goal one day at a time. I want to thank the Bills organization, Coach Marrone and the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support."
Dareus will have to pass a conditioning test after failing his initial physical last week. He will be a candidate for NFL suspension after separate offseason incidents involving drag racing and possession of a controlled substance.