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The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Josh Huff on Thursday, two days after he was arrested and charged with possessing an unloaded 9 mm handgun without a permit, a magazine that had six hollow-point bullets, and a small amount of marijuana, the team announced.

The Eagles are scheduled to discuss Huff’s release Thursday afternoon. He had practiced with the team Wednesday.

Huff had expressed regret for Tuesday’s incident and apologized to his teammates and the organization for causing a distraction. But when it came to questions about his decision to carry a gun with hollow-point bullets, Huff stood his ground.

“I’m a professional athlete. What professional athlete don’t have a gun?” Huff said. “I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all costs, and my job is to protect myself as well, even though I know I have security here, but I have to protect myself as well.”

Asked if he believes everybody in the Eagles locker room and around the league carries a gun, he said, “I do. Yes, I do.”

Huff was arrested on the gun and drug charges after he was pulled over for speeding on the Walt Whitman Bridge on the New Jersey side.

Huff confirmed that the gun is licensed in Texas and acknowledged that he wasn’t as familiar with the New Jersey laws as he should have been. He said that he felt his life has been threatened in the past, which is why he chooses to carry a gun.

“I’m from Houston. You can’t trust a lot of people in Houston,” he said. “There’s always somebody out to get you. You’ve got to protect yourself. Even when I’m back in Houston, I always have a gun on me, because there’s been several instances in Houston where I’ve lost a friend to gun violence, and he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, so why would I let that happen to me?”

The 25-year-old acknowledged that he was at the Eagles’ NovaCare facility Tuesday morning prior to the arrest but told ESPN that he made a stop before heading home over the Walt Whitman — to pick up his gun. He would not reveal where.

“No,” said Huff, when asked if he brought the weapon into the facility. “I’m not Gilbert Arenas, bro. No. No. I’m not going to bring a gun onto the premises. I’m not going to bring a gun and put my life, put my teammates in jeopardy of anything. That’s not me. It’s solely for protection, and that’s that.”

Coach Doug Pederson had indicated Wednesday that there would be no change in Huff’s status and that the plan was for him to play Sunday against the New York Giants while the team gathered more information.

There have been a number of off-field incidents over the past several months since Pederson became head coach. A dancer at a Philadelphia strip club accused wide receiver Nelson Agholor of sexual assault in June, though he was never charged. Linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested in late July for allegedly striking a Miami hotel employee after a verbal altercation and was arrested in October at Miami International Airport after authorities say TSA workers found a loaded gun in his backpack.

Prior to this move, the team has not reprimanded any of the players involved in these incidents. Pederson was asked Wednesday if more discipline needs to be handed down given the circumstances.

“I think that there comes a time when there could be some discipline like that. Obviously, this could be a case again,” he said. “And I just want to make sure that I’m doing right by these players and they are doing right by themselves and that we’re handling our business away from this building right. And if that means discipline at some point, then we address it at that point.”