Packers release statement following loss of Joe Philbin's son

The Green Bay Packers have released the first official statement since Michael Philbin, the son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, was found dead in the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wis.

“The Packers family was saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement released by he club. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe, his wife, Diane, and the Philbin family as they cope with their loss. This is an emotional and difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respect their privacy. All of us in the Packers family share in their grief.”

It’s devastating news for the family and those close to the family and it puts life and family in perspective at a time when football is celebrated. The Packers will host the New York Giants on Sunday in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. Perhaps the game and the preparation for it will serve as a distraction for some. There’s no question it will be a challenging week for everyone involved with the Packers.

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