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Cardinals DE Philon’s status uncertain after arrest

Field Level Media

August 10, 2019 at 9:25 pm.

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury declined to answer questions Saturday about the future of defensive end Darius Philon, who was arrested on Friday.

“Obviously, we’re aware of the situation and the serious allegations,” Kingsbury said. “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.”

Kingsbury would not say whether the team had suspended Philon, though the 25-year-old reportedly was not present when the Cardinals practiced on Saturday.

Instead, he appeared in court and was granted a $5,000 secured appearance bond, and the judge gave him permission to leave the state for work-related matters.

Philon was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident that occurred in the Phoenix area in May in which he allegedly threatened to shoot a dancer outside a strip club, gossip site TMZ reported.

In March, Arizona signed Philon to a two-year deal worth $10 million with $5 million guaranteed, including a $4 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-1, 286-pound lineman was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. He played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13, recording four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

If Philon can’t play for the Cardinals, rookie Zach Allen, a third-round draft pick from Boston College, is next in line to assume Philon’s starting job.