Red Wolves' wide receiver to miss game after learning of mother's death

(SOURCE: Arkansas State Athletics website)
(SOURCE: Arkansas State Athletics website)

MOBILE, AL (KAIT) - A source close to the Arkansas State football team said Sunday that Sophomore Wide Receiver R.J. Fleming will not play or be with the team in Sunday's Bowl following news of his mother's death.

Fleming has seen time on the field for the Red Wolves including a start in his Freshman season. The source said Fleming left the team Sunday to travel home. According to his player bio on the Arkansas State University's Athletic website, Fleming is from Natchez, Mississippi.

Several teammates issued their condolences via social media on Sunday afternoon. Punter Ryan Wilbourn said on Twitter, "Praying for my boy RJ and the Fleming family. I encourage all those of faith in the #RedWolfNation to pray for them as well. Stay strong 82."

Feedback was also coming in from fans just hours before Arkansas State was getting set to play Northern Illinois in their first bowl game since 2005.

No official word has been issued on the situation or the cause of death for Fleming's mother.

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