Jaylon Ferguson, Baltimore Ravens linebacker, dies at 26

Jaylon Ferguson, an outside linebacker entering his fourth season with the Baltimore Ravens, died after authorities found him unresponsive in a home in North Baltimore late Tuesday, police said. He was 26.

Baltimore police said in a statement that officers were called to the house just before 11:30 p.m. to investigate a “doubtful death.” When they arrived, Mr. Ferguson did not respond, said Detective Niki Fennoy, a spokesman for the department. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, she said.

There were no signs of trauma or abuse, Detective Fennoy said, but investigators “did not rule out the possibility of an overdose.”

Mr. Ferguson’s body was taken to the media investigator’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, police said.

The Ravens announced Mr. Ferguson’s death on social media early Wednesday morning, saying the team was “deeply saddened by the tragic death of Jaylon Ferguson.” The team described Mr. Ferguson as a “friendly, respectful young man with a great smile and infectious personality.”

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

The Ravens selected Mr. Ferguson during the third round of the 2019 NFL draft as the 85th overall pick. In his rookie season, he recorded 31 tackles and 2.5 sacks, and he contributed to a Ravens defense that ranked third in allowed points. In 2020, in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he recorded a career high of six tackles.

Mr. Ferguson, a resident of Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, broke the entire NCAA record for career sects by 45, earned the nickname “Sack Daddy” and defeated an old former Ravens player, Terrell Suggs, who 44 career sacks placed at Arizona State University.

Current and former teammates and players around the NFL shared tribute to Mr. Ferguson on Wednesday.

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

“Joke together, laugh together, pray together, fight together on the field !!” he wrote. “Only a true spirit.”

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