We’re all overjoyed that football is back, and that we can now go about the business of scrutinizing depth charts, and intricately analyzing throwing motions. But although you’re aware that there’s much more to life than professional football, a reminder every now and then is still helpful.

It just sucks when it comes like this. It really sucks.

Titans wideout O.J. Murdock died this morning in Tampa, Florida from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was discovered by deputies in his car at 8:30 a.m. in front of his high school where he was once a standout receiver.

Murdock had been absent from the team, although the reason remains unclear. The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt has more:

The Titans had placed Murdock on their did not report list over the weekend. When asked about Murdock’s absence, coach Mike Munchak said it was for “personal reasons.”

The Titans have been alerted of the situation and are gathering more information, a team spokesman said.

He missed all of last season with an Achillies injury after being signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Fort Hays State. He was 25.

The Titans issued the following statement:

We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock’s death this morning. 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.

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