The depth of the Cardinals’ defensive line is being tested, after the Cardinals released Darius Philon Saturday following an arrest for aggravated assault.
Suddenly, rookie third-round pick Zach Allen has a starting role.
Earlier Saturday, there were few details about the immediate future of Philon. He had been arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident in May.
“We are aware of the situation and the serious allegations,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said prior to 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.”
Saturday afternoon, following practice, the team cut Philon, who had signed a two-year contract as a free agent in March and was supposed to be a key component on the defensive line. He was starting alongside nose tackle Corey Peters and end Rodney Gunter. The Cardinals now have two open roster spots.
“We’ve had a pretty good room as far as depth is concerned,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said before Philon was 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.”
Now Allen takes that starting role.