Cardinals release defensive end Darius Philon after arrest for aggravated assault

Cardinals defensive end Darius Philon arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault

The Cardinals released defensive end Darius Philon Saturday, hours after reports surfaced that he had been arrested a day earlier on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to TMZ Sports, a police report says Philon is accused of pointing a handgun at a dancer in the parking lot of a Phoenix strip club just after 2 a.m. on May 17. The woman reportedly went to police several days later and they concluded their investigation Friday.

NFL Media confirmed the police report. 

Philon was released from custody on a $5,000 bond Saturday, according to 12 News in Phoenix.

A sixth-round pick by San Diego in the 2015 NFL Draft, Philon played the first four seasons of his career for the Chargers. The 25-year-old player signed a two-year deal worth $10 million this offseason with the Cardinals and had been expected to start.

Philon has 80 career tackles and 9.5 sacks.

“We are aware of the situation and very serious allegations involving Darius Philon,” the Cardinals said in their initial statement (via “We have informed the National Football League as required by the league’s Personal Conduct Policy and will comment further when appropriate.”

Ironically, the Cardinals signed Philon to replace defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, who was released by the club July 27 following two traffic arrests in one week and reporting to camp in poor shape.