Though the Green Bay Packers coaching staff and players will have to forge ahead starting tomorrow with practice for their upcoming Divisional Playoff game against the New York Giants, it looks like they will most likely have to do it without their offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin.
Authorities this morning confirmed the body they pulled from the Fox River yesterday is that of Michael Philbin, the second oldest child of Joe and Diane Philbin.
According to a published report by Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, this is what we know so far:
Michael Philbin, who lived in Ripon, had been reported missing Sunday night. He had been last heard from about 2 a.m. Sunday while visiting friends in Oshkosh.
Authorities said a witness called 911 early Sunday to report that someone was in the water, yelling for help and in distress. Authorities said the witness reported to them that they saw what appeared to be a head of someone sticking up out of the water.
An autopsy is scheduled. Winnebago County Coroner Barry Busby said he wasn’t sure a cause of death will be known on Tuesday. Toxicology tests also are planned.
Exactly how this turn of events will affect the football operations and preparations by the team is not known at this time. Coach Mike McCarthy will certainly have to address the issue sometime today or tomorrow.