The father of Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross a street in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Pa., on Thursday.
Etienne Longa, 55, was hit by a Ford Escape at 10:18 a.m. while he was standing near the cab of a parked truck tractor. His death was ruled an accident, according to the report.
Steve Longa did not practice with the Lions on Friday and his status for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings is unknown.
Longa spent all of last season on the Lions’ practice squad and was a core special-teams player for the team this fall. He was one of eight Lions players who took a knee during the signing of the national anthem in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Etienne Longa was a professional soccer player and successful businessman in his native Cameroon before immigrating to the United States in 2002.
He originally settled in Detroit, before moving to New Jersey when his family – Steve, included – joined him five years later.