Philadelphia Eagles release WR Josh Huff after arrest

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Josh Huff says he carries a gun because he doesn't trust people in his hometown of Houston and he has to protect his family.

The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receive Josh Huff days after he was arrested on gun and drug charges.

The Eagles announced the release as a roster move.

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Huff was pulled over for speeding on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman Bridge around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

He was charged with possessing a 9mm handgun without a permit in New Jersey and for the magazine found with six hollow-point bullets.

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff has apologized for his actions that got him arrested on the Walt Whitman Bridge, but believes all professional athletes own a gun.

He was also charged with a disorderly persons offense for having less than 50 grams of marijuana, police said.

On Wednesday, Huff gave his first remarks to reporters.

"I'm a professional athlete. What professional athlete don't have a gun? I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all cost. My job is to protect myself, as well. Even though I know I have security here, I have to protect myself, as well," Huff said.

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Josh Huff answered questions from reporters following his arrest.

Earlier Wednesday, Eagles head coach Dough Pederson had said Huff was still scheduled to play on Sunday against the New York Giants.

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