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Police: Body found that of Packers OC Philbin's 21-year-old son

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Police confirmed Tuesday that they have recovered the body of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's son from an icy Wisconsin River.

Michael T. Philbin, 21, disappeared early Sunday and was reported missing that night. His body was recovered from the Fox River by divers Monday, but Oshkosh police chief Scott Greuel waited one day to release the name out of respect for the family's privacy.

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NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that Packers employees were informed Monday that the body of Philbin's son had been found and identified.

News of Philbin's death comes as the Packers are preparing to host the New York Giants in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday. The team canceled players' media availability Monday shortly before Philbin's body was found.

"We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly," Philbin said in a statement released Tuesday. "He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss.

"Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner's office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal."

Packers general manager Ted Thompson issued a statement Tuesday, saying the team's thoughts and prayers were with the family.

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"This is an emotional and difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respect their privacy," Thompson said. "All of us in the Packers family share in their grief."

It was unclear if Joe Philbin will continue to work with the team this week. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that he has a contingency plan if Philbin needs time off but didn't elaborate. Team spokesman Aaron Popkey declined further comment Tuesday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Results aren't expected for at least a month. Oshkosh police Chief Scott Greuel said Tuesday they suspect no foul play.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday in Madison, but toxicology results weren't expected to be available for at least a month, police spokesman Joseph Nichols said.

Packers players took to Twitter to post supportive messages for Philbin.

"As children we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child," said offensive lineman T.J. Lang, whose father, Thomas, died last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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