(TAMPA, Fla.) — Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday morning, according to Tampa police.
The 25-year-old Murdock was found inside his car in front of the high school he attended, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
Murdock did not report to training camp this past weekend due to a personal issue, the Titans said.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning,” the Titans said in a statement Monday. “In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year’s training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.”
Murdock spent last season on injured reserve after suffering a right achilles injury early in training camp.
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