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UPDATE: Packers express sadness about coordinator's son

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OSHKOSH (AP) - The Green Bay Packers have issued a statement expressing sadness about the death of their offensive coordinator's son.

Twenty-one-year-old Michael Philbin disappeared early Sunday after an outing with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area. His body was found in the Fox River Monday, after a security guard reported hearing cries for help from the ice the night before.

Michael Philbin is the son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said everyone in the Packers family shares the grief with the Philbin family and their thoughts and prayers are with them.

Autopsy results are not expected for at least a month. No foul play is suspected.

Joe Philbin has been with the Packers since 2003, and has been the team's offensive coordinator since 2007.

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Police say they have recovered the son of Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator Joe Philbin from an icy Wisconsin River.

Twenty-one-year-old Michael Philbin disappeared early Sunday morning while out with friends in Oshkosh.

Divers recovered his body from the Fox River near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus on Monday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Results are not expected for at least a month. Oshkosh police Chief Scott Greuel (GROYLE) said Tuesday they suspect no foul play.

He said they delayed releasing Philbin's identity out of respect for his family's privacy and because there's no threat to public safety. Greuel declined to release any details of how Philbin became separated from his friends, saying the investigating continues.

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OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- Oshkosh police detectives have made a positive identification on the body of a male recovered from the Fox River.

The name of the person will be released Tuesday after notification of family members is made.

ESPN Milwaukee is reporting the male is Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's son Michael.

Michael was reported missing Sunday evening.

Police in Oshkosh say 21-year-old Michael Philbin was last heard from around 2 a.m. Sunday. He had been visiting friends in Oshkosh that evening.

According to The Associated Press, a Brown County judge sentenced Michael Philbin to six months in jail in 2009 after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls and two counts of battery.

Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson released the following statement:

"The Packers organization is aware of the missing person report regarding Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time. We ask anyone with information about Michael to contact the Oshkosh Police Department."

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The Green Bay Packers canceled player availability on Monday, bracing for bad news as authorities searched for the missing 21-year-old son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin amid fears that he had drowned in an icy Wisconsin river.

Police in Oshkosh, Wis. have been searching for 21-year-old Michael T. Philbin since Sunday evening. He disappeared at about 2 a.m. Sunday after an outing with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area, about 50 miles from Green Bay.

Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where divers recovered the body of a man between the ages of 20 and 25 from the Fox River in late afternoon after a security guard reported hearing cries for help from someone on the ice. Oshkosh Police said no foul play was suspected, but the man's name was being withheld until his family is notified.

"The Philbin family's obviously going through a tough time right now, and as we always have, we're a family-first philosophy with our organization, with our program," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday afternoon. "So we're supporting Joe and his family the best we can, and we're holding out hope that this comes to positive conclusion."

News of Michael Philbin's disappearance made for a difficult day in Green Bay, where the Packers are preparing for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

McCarthy spoke in a somber tone during his regularly scheduled news conference, confirming that Philbin was away from the team and in Oshkosh.

Although the offensive-minded McCarthy calls his own plays and has a hands-on role with game planning, Philbin's behind-the-scenes detail work with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense would be missed. McCarthy said he has contingency plans in place to prepare for Sunday's game if Philbin remains away from the team.

"We're prepared to do whatever we need to do as a staff to make sure our team's ready to go," he said, brushing aside a question about what the team would be missing if it didn't have Philbin's input this week. "We'll be ready to go."

Players, who were not made available to reporters, took to Twitter to post supportive messages.

"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.

Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji wrote that "life is too short."

"Live in the present," Raji tweeted.

Joe Philbin has been with the Packers since 2003, and has been the team's offensive coordinator since 2007. He interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' vacant head coaching job last week.

Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children to Joe Philbin and his wife, Diane. He was sentenced to six months in jail in 2009 after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls.

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