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Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson found dead inside Baltimore home

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson looks on between plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL football preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP
Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 16:12:48-04

BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) — Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at the age of 26.

The team confirmed his death Wednesday.

Baltimore Police said Ferguson was found unresponsive inside a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue, just before 11:30 Tuesday night.

Although investigators are calling his death questionable, they found no immediate signs of trauma or foul play. An autopsy will determine the official cause.

Ferguson's family released the following statement after his death:

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the unexpected passing of our beloved Jaylon Ferguson. Jaylon was a loving father, son, brother, fiance and an exceptional athlete. His kindness, big heart and infectious personality will be missed by so many, but his legacy will continue. We wholeheartedly appreciate the calls, texts and posts of support from his many friends and fans upon learning of this tragedy.

Despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the cause of Jaylon's death has yet to be determined. This is one of the darkest moments in our lives and we are all still utterly shocked. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this difficult time.

Again, thank you to everyone for the love shown and a special thanks to the Baltimore Ravens and the Louisiana Tech University.

Ferguson was entering his fourth season with the team after being selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech.

First-year Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald commented earlier this month on how Ferguson was adapting in off-season workouts to a new setup.

"Right now, he’s doing a great job. He’s competing. The techniques that we’re teaching are slightly different than he knows, so that’s a little bit of a learning curve for him, but once he gets out there full-go and rolling, then I expect him to compete," Macdonald said on June 1.

Fans came to know Ferguson by his on-the-field nickname "Sack Daddy."

In 38 total career games, he posted 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Reaction from teammates started pouring in on Twitter almost immediately after the news of his death was announced.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley expressed disbelief calling Ferguson "a great father with only good intentions" that "wanted to see people succeed."

Fellow linebacker Patrick Queen tweeted, "My brother. I love you man."

Pro Bowl fullback Pat Ricard wrote, "I can’t believe this. Just absolutely tragic."

The NFL also released a statement saying they "are heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss."

This story was originally reported by Ryan Dickstein on