PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Eagles have released wide receiver Josh Huff, two days after he was arrested on gun and drug charges.

Huff was charged Tuesday with possession of a 9 mm handgun without a permit and having a small amount of marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman bridge.

Huff was also cited for driving while intoxicated by the officer. His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said Huff is licensed to carry in Texas and the gun was not loaded when he was stopped Tuesday morning.

Huff apologized to his teammates on Wednesday and coach Doug Pederson said he planned to use him against the Giants this week. But Pederson spoke to reporters before Huff told reporters he carries a gun because he doesn't trust people in his hometown of Houston and he has to protect his family.

"I have a wife and I have a son at home, and my job is to protect them at all costs," Huff said. "I'm from Houston. You can't trust a lot of people in Houston. There's always somebody out to get you. I've felt my life has been threatened and that's why I do have a gun and I do have a license. There's been several instances in Houston where I've lost a friend to gun violence. Why would I let that happen to me?"

Huff also said he believes all athletes carry guns.