Titans Receiver Dies; Suicide Suspected

Police found OJ Murdock with apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2012 12:05 PM CDT
This Feb. 27, 2011 file photo shows Fort Hays State wide receiver O.J. Murdock running a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, FIle)

(Newser) – Tennessee Titans reserve receiver OJ Murdock has died of an apparent suicide, Tampa police say. Officers found the 25-year-old Murdock inside his car this morning with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The car was parked in front of Middleton High School, where Murdock attended school. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died. Murdock did not report to training camp over the weekend because of what the team said at the time was a personal issue.

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of OJ Murdock's death," the Titans said in a statement. "In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to OJ." As a senior at Middleton in 2005, Murdock was rated the 10th-best wide receiver recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. He was signed by the Titans last summer, but spent the entire 2011 season on injured reserve after hurting his right Achilles early in training camp. (Read more Tennessee Titans stories.)

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