New England Patriots running back James White was due to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night, but his father, Tyrone, died in a traffic accident earlier in the day, while his mother was found in critical condition in hospital.
According to the FOX Sports 640 radio station, the player concerned withdrew from the meeting upon learning the sad news. White's father was a police officer in the city of Miami. The circumstances surrounding the collision were not specified.
The running back had accumulated 52 yards on offense during his first game of the season on September 13 against the Miami Dolphins.