COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward has left the team to be with his family after his brother's death in a car accident.
Coach Anthony Lynn says he doesn't know whether Hayward will return for Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Jecaives Hayward, 27, died after being ejected from a vehicle and struck by cars on I-75 south near Sardis Church Road.
The Fort Valley man was a passenger in a 2011 Toyota Camry that struck a tractor trailer in the emergency lane on the highway, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Casey Hayward, a standout during his days at Perry High School, is a key defensive player for the Chargers (5-6), who are on a roll after a 0-4 start. He has started all 11 games and made four interceptions and 30 tackles.
Hayward joined the Chargers in 2016 after four seasons with Green Bay.