Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at 26

Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who was starting his fourth season with the Baltimore Ravens, died after authorities found him unconscious in a North Baltimore home late Tuesday night, police said. He was 26.

A Baltimore police statement said officers were called to the home shortly before 11:30 p.m. to investigate a “questionable death.” When they arrived, Mr. Ferguson didn’t answer, department spokeswoman Detective Nicky Fennoy said. According to her, doctors ascertained death on the spot.

Detective Fennoy said there were no signs of injury or foul play, but investigators “do not rule out the possibility of an overdose.”

mr. Police said Ferguson’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

crows announced Mr. Ferguson’s death on social media early Wednesday morning, saying the team is “deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson.” The team described Mr. Ferguson as “a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality”.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost too soon,” the team wrote.

The Ravens chose Mr. Ferguson 85th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. In his debut season, he recorded 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and he contributed to the Ravens’ defense, which finished third in scoring. In 2020, in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he recorded a career high of six tackles.

mr. Ferguson, a Louisiana native and Louisiana Tech alumnus, broke the all-time NCAA record for most career layoffs with 45, earning the nickname “Bag Dad” and beating longtime former Ravens player Terrell Suggs, who posted 44 career sacks. at Arizona State University.

Current and former teammates and NFL players have shared tributes to Mr. Black. Ferguson on Wednesday.

Josh Bynes, Ravens linebacker said on Twitter that he and Mr. Ferguson always had “real” conversations.

“We joked together, laughed together, prayed together, fought together on the field!!” He wrote. “Just a real spirit.”