29-year-old former NFL player dies after brain aneurysm

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens say former tight end Konrad Reuland has died at the age of 29 following a brain aneurysm.

Coach John Harbaugh opened his post-game news conference after Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots by announcing Reuland’s death.

Reuland was attempting to recover from a brain aneurysm he suffered last month. A Ravens spokesman says Reuland’s mother informed the team that he died Monday.

“We love Konrad Reuland,” Harbaugh said. “Every single guy in that locker room loves him that knows him.”

Harbaugh offered his condolences to Reuland’s family and quoted from the Biblical book of Psalms, saying: “God is our refuge and our strength.”

Besides the Ravens, Reuland spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets. He played in 30 games total over three seasons, catching 12 passes for 90 yards.

Reuland signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011. He was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets in 2012 and had 12 catches for 90 yards in two seasons while being used as a blocking tight end and H-back with childhood friend Mark Sanchez at quarterback.

Reuland’s 2013 season was cut short when he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury after playing in 10 games.

He signed with Indianapolis’ practice squad in 2014, but was released and then signed by Baltimore to the Ravens’ practice squad a few weeks later. After being cut a few times, Reuland was re-signed by Baltimore and promoted to the active roster last December.

Reuland became a free agent last offseason when the Ravens rescinded their exclusive rights tender offer in May. He signed with Indianapolis in July for a second stint with the Colts, who released him among their final training camp cuts in August.

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