NFL news: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies aged 26

The Baltimore Ravens confirmed the death of linebacker Jaylon Ferguson on Wednesday afternoon, aged just 26.

Baltimore Ravens revealed some tragic news on Wednesday afternoon, with the NFL side confirming the death of 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson.

Ferguson was a third-round draft pick for the Ravens in 2019, and featured 39 times for the franchise during his NFL career after playing for Louisiana Tech at college.

During his college years, Ferguson broke the school record for sacks in his senior year in 2018, while also breaking the NCAA record for career sacks with 45, surpassing Terrell Suggs.

The Baltimore Ravens took to social media to share the tragic news to fans:

"We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality.

"We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon."

The 26-year-old's agent Safarrah Lawson also released a statement following his passing.

"It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of Baltimore Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson. The family asks for your prayers and privacy during this trying time."

Ferguson had been taking part in the Ravens' off-season training camp in recent weeks, and tributes quickly poured in from teammates and coaches following the news.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh added a statement of his own on Ferguson, "Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team.

"He was a joy to talk with and be around every day. You always wanted to see and talk to 'Ferg.' Our prayers and our help go to his family. Our hearts are with his Spirit. R.I.P., Jaylon."

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