Jaylon Ferguson, an out of doors linebacker who was getting into his fourth season with the Baltimore Ravens, died after the authorities discovered him unresponsive in a North Baltimore dwelling late Tuesday, the police mentioned. He was 26.
The Baltimore Police mentioned in a press release that officers had been known as to the house simply earlier than 11:30 p.m. to analyze a “questionable dying.” Once they arrived, Mr. Ferguson was unresponsive, mentioned Detective Niki Fennoy, a division spokeswoman. Paramedics pronounced him lifeless on the scene, she mentioned.
There have been no indicators of trauma or foul play, Detective Fennoy mentioned, however investigators “aren’t ruling out the potential for an overdose.”
Mr. Ferguson’s physique was taken to the medial examiner’s workplace, the place an post-mortem will probably be carried out to find out the reason for dying, the police mentioned.
The Ravens announced Mr. Ferguson’s death on social media early Wednesday morning, saying that the group was “profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson.” The group described Mr. Ferguson as a “type, respectful younger man with a giant smile and infectious character.”
“We categorical our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s household and buddies as we mourn a life misplaced a lot too quickly,” the group wrote.
The Ravens chosen Mr. Ferguson throughout the third spherical of the 2019 N.F.L. draft because the eighty fifth general choose. In his rookie season, he recorded 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and he contributed to a Ravens protection that ranked third in factors allowed. In 2020, in a sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals, he recorded a profession excessive of six tackles.
Mr. Ferguson, a Louisiana native and a graduate of Louisiana Tech College, broke the all-time NCAA file for profession sacks with 45, incomes the nickname “Sack Daddy” and beating out a longtime former Ravens participant, Terrell Suggs, who posted 44 profession sacks at Arizona State College.
Present and former teammates and gamers across the N.F.L. shared tributes to Mr. Ferguson on Wednesday.
Josh Bynes, a Ravens linebacker, said on Twitter that he and Mr. Ferguson at all times had “actual” conversations.
“Joked collectively, laughed collectively, prayed collectively, fought on the sector collectively!!” he wrote. “Only a real spirit.”