Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound


(Associated Press)

Murdock was found at around 8:30 a.m. in his car in front the high school at which he was a standout athlete, Tampa Bay Online reported. He died later in the morning at a Tampa hospital. Last week, Murdock, 25, did not report for camp with the Titans because of what Titans Coach Mike Munchak said were “personal reasons.”

Murdock, signed as an undrafted free agent by the Titans in 2011, hurt his Achilles early in training camp and missed all of the season.

“RIP to OJ Murdock,” teammate Chris Johnson tweeted. “Was a good guy and teammate. Cherish Every moment of life cause u can be here today and gone tomorrow.”

Although he was rated the No. 10 wide receiver coming out of Tampa’s Middleton High Schol, Murdock struggled in college, changing schools three times, and finished at Fort Hays State in 2010. In 21 games, he caught passes for 1.987 yards and 20 touchdowns.

He originally signed with South Carolina, but was suspended indefinitely in the fall of 2006 after he was charged with shoplifting $424.50 worth of clothing from Macy's in Tampa. He was placed on probation for a year and the incident was expunged from his record.

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