Body thought to be of former NFL player JaJuan Dawson found in Texas

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Posted: Jul 14, 2015 10:09 AM

DALLAS (Reuters) - A body believed to be that of former NFL receiver JaJuan Dawson has been recovered from the Dallas-area lake where he went missing after a weekend boat accident, officials said on Tuesday.

Dawson, 37, fell out of a boat on Lavon Lake on Sunday night, prompting a search with divers and sonar teams. The body was recovered on Monday night and sent to a medical examiner for identification, they said.

Family members told broadcaster NBC-5 that Dawson was not wearing a life preserver and may not know how to swim.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the incident, officials said.

The Cleveland Browns drafted Dawson in 2000 and he played for them for two seasons. He also played with the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

During his four seasons in the National Football League, he had 52 receptions for 664 yards and two touchdowns, according to the league's statistics.

(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza in Dallas and Jon Herskovitz in Austin; Editing by Bill Trott)