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Titans receiver Murdock dies of gunshot wound

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver O.J. Murdock died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Tampa, Fla., Monday. Police said he shot himself on the grounds of Middleton High School.

Murdock was on the Titans' did not report list Saturday and coach Mike Munchak said the designation was "personal reasons." He was 25.

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock's death this morning," the Titans said in a statement. "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."

A former Middleton and South Carolina football player, he spent last season on injured reserve with the Titans due to an Achilles injury. Murdock entered the NFL in August 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee.

Murdock had been with the Titans in the offseason to rehab from his injury.

He was discovered Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. in front of the high school, according to the Nashville Tennessean, and transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m.

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