Mom: Missing Ohio player texted about concussions

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Mom: Missing Ohio player texted about concussions
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
This photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 and provided by Ohio State university shows college football player Kosta Karageorge in Columbus, Ohio. The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. The 6-foot-5 senior missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and has not been heard from. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete)
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The OSU football team has arrived at the funeral service for Kosta Karageorge. http://t.co/ILdb3j2pYx
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kosta's family. He will be missed.
The mother of a missing Ohio State football player has told police he texted her about his prior concussions the morning he disappeared. A missing-person report filed with Columbus police Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, 2014, says Karageorge told his mother he was sorry if he was an embarrassment but concussions had his head messed up. (Sports Illustrated)
STATEMENT: OSUDA was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. More>>
Cont. STATEMENT: ... Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Karageorge family. You will be missed by the entire Buckeye family. http://t.co/mMvfflfokz
Sgt. Rich Weiner said at 2:30pm a body was found in a dumpster. Found a man inside container. Identified him as Kosta Karageorge
Investigation as of now that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
The confirmation is through tattoos. Unsure of how long the body has been there
Phone call came from a woman and her son who were looking through dumpsters. Police have recovered a handgun
Weiner says neighbors they have talked to heard nothing. Unsure if gun was his. It was found in dumpster with body
Prayers out to the Karageorge family and all of his friends
Karageorge sent a text to his mother about how concussion spells were affecting him. Just continues the conversation to work on that issue
We're completely devastated to hear the news about Kosta Karageorge. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates.
Missing OSU football player Kosta Karageorge found dead of apparent suicide in a dumpster behind Short North Kroger. http://t.co/VWZeXvBeFy
Police confirm the death of Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge. Initial report is that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
A police poster showing Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State player who has been missing since earlier in the week, is displayed on the large video board at the south end of the field before the start of the Ohio State's NCAA college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A missing Ohio State University football player told his mother in a text message the day he disappeared that concussions had his head messed up, according to a report filed with police.

Kosta Karageorge, a 22-year-old senior defensive tackle from Columbus, was last seen at his apartment around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Karageorge missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, which his family says was uncharacteristic.

Karageorge's parents filed a missing-person report Wednesday evening, listing him as white, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, bearded and bald.

His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police he has had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused, according to the report. She said at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday he texted a message that cited the concussions and said, "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment."

The team's physician, Dr. Jim Borchers, said Friday that he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes.

But, Borchers said, "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness."

The player's sister, Sophia Karageorge, told The Columbus Dispatch that he apparently was upset, and roommates said he went for a walk, dressed in black from his hat to his boots.

"We're very concerned that he's not himself and that he maybe doesn't know what's going on," she told the newspaper.

She said after each concussion he followed trainers' instructions and received proper care but "his repercussions from (concussions) have been long-term or delayed."

She said he was without his wallet or his motorcycle.

Kosta Karageorge, a former Buckeyes wrestler, joined the football team as a walk-on this season. He has played in one game and is among two dozen seniors slated to be recognized at their final home game Saturday against rival Michigan.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer described him as a hard worker and an important player in practice.

"Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge, and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon," Meyer said in a statement.

During halftime at the No. 16 Ohio State men's basketball game against James Madison in Columbus, pictures of Karageorge were shown and an announcement was made urging people with any information to contact police.

The Dispatch reported that about 100 people gathered Friday afternoon in Columbus to post fliers with his photo and description.

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