Former Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley has been charged with violation of the uniform firearms act, driving under the influence, and disorderly conduct, among other offenses, Philadelphia police said Monday.
Charging documents indicate other offenses include “possession of an instrument of crime with intent” and resisting arrest. A law-enforcement source said one of the firearms charges is a felony.
Police said Worley, 23, a North Philadelphia native with a listed address in Swedesboro, N.J., was found passed out in a car near Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, close to the team’s practice facility, around 6 a.m. Sunday. He is alleged to have begun struggling with officers who woke him and police used a Taser to subdue him, a source close to the situation said, confirming an NFL Network report. A gun was recovered, which was not properly registered, according to the charges.
The charges indicate that Worley did not cooperate with officers, but since he was not charged with assault, his resistance must not have been especially violent, the law-enforcement source said. Worley was arraigned and released after posting 10 percent of his $25,000 bail Sunday evening. Worley, who would have made $670,000 this season, faces a May 1 preliminary hearing.
The criminal complaint against Worley on the gun and resisting-arrest charges alleges that he “carried a concealed firearm without a license. The defendant actively resisted arrest and was tased in the street.” A separate criminal complaint on the DUI charge did not offer any details.
The Eagles released Worley on Sunday evening, while he was still in custody. They had traded for him 37 days earlier, sending veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith to Carolina, the team that selected Worley in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft out of West Virginia. Worley is a Penn Charter grad. He had started 25 games over two seasons with the Panthers.
Worley’s attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said Monday he was “still reviewing the circumstances” of the arrest. Perri said it was “unfortunate” that the Eagles released Worley, but said, “We’re hopeful that we can resolve this matter so he can resume his career in the NFL.”
Worley could face a league suspension, which might affect his chances of signing elsewhere soon.
Staff writer Chris Palmer contributed to this article.