Arizona Cardinals release Darius Philon after aggravated assault arrest

Philon was arrested Friday
Posted at 4:18 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 21:09:27-04

The Arizona Cardinals released defensive end Darius Philon on Saturday, one day after he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The 25-year-old Philon was booked into the Maricopa County jail on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Friday. TMZ reported Philon allegedly threatened to shoot a woman outside a Phoenix strip club.

Philon played college football at Arkansas. He was selected by the then-San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He recorded 80 total tackles and 9.5 sacks in four seasons with the Chargers.

Philon was signed to a two-year, $10 million contract by the Cardinals in March and recorded one tackle in the Cardinals' preseason opener vs. the Chargers in Glendale on Thursday.

The Cardinals announced Philon's release at about 4 p.m. Saturday, just hours after Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed the situation from training camp in Glendale.

"Obviously we're aware of the situation and it's a serious allegation. It's been reported to the league ... so we will allow that process from a legal perspective to move forward. We aren't allowed to comment further at this time," Kingsbury said Saturday before Philon's release was announced.

Kingsbury said Zach Allen, the Cardinals' third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, will replace Philon at defensive end.