Jaylon Ferguson, a pass rusher for the Baltimore Ravens, tragically died at the age of 26 on Wednesday, the team revealed.
There were no details provided about his death.
The Ravens issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying, “We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson.”
“We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon,” the team added.
Ferguson was selected by the Ravens in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft and has appeared in 38 games for the squad over the last 3 seasons, totaling 4.5 sacks and 67 tackles.
Prior to joining the NFL, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound athlete was a standout at Louisiana Tech University.
Ferguson finished his career with 45 total sacks, making him the NCAA career sacks leader. On Wednesday morning, the school issued a statement on Twitter mourning his death.
“We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it,” the Ravens organization said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
According to the Baltimore Police Department, officers responded to a Baltimore residence around 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of a “questionable death.”
When police arrived on the scene, they discovered Ferguson nonresponsive while being handled by medical personnel.
“Ferguson never regained consciousness,” police say, “and medics pronounced him dead on the scene.” Cops say they have no reason to suspect criminal wrongdoing at this moment. They also stated that there were no indications of trauma.
According to TMZ Sports, “investigators are not ruling out the possibility of an overdose.”