PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Former Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley has been hit with firearms charges as well as driving under the influence after an incident in South Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Eagles released the troubled 23-year-old less than 12 hours after news broke that he was passed out in his car. From there, things only got worse as Worley possessed a gun in plain sight and became combative with police once they engaged him.

Officially Worley has been charged with Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, Driving Under the Influence, and Disorderly Conduct.

An NFL source confirmed to 973espn.com that it was the gun recovered at the scene, one in which Worley could not present a permit for, was the major reason the Eagles acted so swiftly in releasing the third-year player, who was acquired in March from the Carolins Panthers for veteran receiver Torrey Smith.

The gun charges are the most serious and include possession of an instrument of crime with intent while the disorderly conduct includes fighting and resisting arrest.

The incident occurred at 1300 Pattison Avenue, which is about a block away from the NovaCare Complex although there is no confirmation that is where Worley was heading. A North Philadelphia native, Worley currently lives in South Jersey.

A preliminary hearing on the charges has been tentatively set for May 1.

Mugshot of Daryl Worley. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police Department)

"He's obviously very disappointed that he's involved in a situation," Worley's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., told 6abc television. "Again we're going to look at it and hopefully resolve it favorably enough so that he can maintain his career."

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at jmcmullen44@gmail.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen