His body was found in a river in Oshkosh, Wis., on Monday and initial autopsy results indicate that he drowned.
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Several players and coaches attended a visitation Thursday night and others said they would attend Friday's funeral service. Some said they would go to both.
"It's necessary," Nelson said Friday. "Something like this reminds you that this is a game. There are definitely more important things in life."
"It's challenging, no question about it," McCarthy said. "But as we talked as a team on Wednesday, it's important to separate your professional and personal life. Sometimes, it's not possible. We managed it."
Assistant head coach Winston Moss was attending the funeral, and said he expects the team to be ready to play Sunday after a tough week.
"This organization puts family first, so I respect that and I encourage that, and I'm appreciative of that as well," Moss said. "I think today, when it's all said and done, today is going to be the right thing to do. Moving forward, we'll deal with this today and get ready for Sunday to play a hell of a game."
"I went yesterday to see coach, and I know a lot of other guys went as well," Lang said. "He's got a lot of support, and he knows that. Going through the same thing last week, I know it's very tough to deal with. There's nothing that anybody can say to kind of heal that pain, but the more support you have from everybody definitely helps out."
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