MIAMI, FL, SportingAlert – The Arizona Cardinals released Darius Philon on Saturday, one day after the defensive end was arrested on an aggravated assault charge, the club revealed this weekend.
Philon was arrested on Friday where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident that occurred in May.
According to TMZ, the defensive end supposedly threatened to shoot a dancer outside a strip club.
The 25-year-old, according to reports, appeared in court on Saturday and was given a $5,000 secured appearance bond.
It is understood Philon has been granted permission to leave the state for job-related matters.
“We are aware of the situation and the serious allegations,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said on the club’s official website before Saturday’s practice.
“It’s been reported to the league. We will allow that process from the legal perspective and the league’s standpoint to move forward, and we aren’t allowed to comment further at this time.”
Philon signed a two-year contract with Arizona as a free agent in March and was thought to be an important figure on the defensive line.
However, the club opted to cut Philon, who had been featuring alongside tackle Corey Peters and Rodney Gunter in starting roles during practice.
The Cardinals, who now have two open roster spots, said rookie third-round pick Zach Allen has a starting role.
“We’ve had a pretty good room as far as depth is concerned,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said prior to Philon being released.
“We definitely have enough guys that can play, guys we feel comfortable putting in. We’ll be praying and hopeful the best works out for Darius. Whether he is with us or not, we’ll be ready to go.”
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With his release, Philon is now an automatic unrestricted free agent and is available to sign with team.
However, the NFL could hold the player accountable for violating the league’s code of conduct policy, which could result in him being suspended.