A Tennessee Titans wide receiver who failed to report to training camp committed suicide Monday, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa police found O.J. Murdock on Monday morning in his car with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital with critical injuries, according to the report.
He was pronounced dead at 9:43 a.m. (CDT).
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning," the Titans said in a statement released by the team. "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, a wide receiver, was a prep star in Tampa and a national champion sprinter at 14 years old. The car in which he was found was parked in front of a high school, but not the one he attended, Hillsborough High School.
He signed with the Titans last season as an undrafted free agent out of Fort Hays State but spent the season in injured reserve. He played two seasons at Fort Hays after one season at junior college.
He originally signed with South Carolina, where he redshirted in 2005 and played four games in 2006. He was dismissed after being charged with grand theft.
The Titans placed him on the reserve/did not report list when he did not show up for the start of training camp last week.