Recently released LB Thomas Howard killed in car crash
Howard was reportedly killed in a high-speed car accident on an Oakland area highway at about 12:50AM on Monday. He was said to have been driving at over 100 MPH, and he lost control of his BMW, colliding with the rear end of a semi-truck in the left lane. Howard's car was sent flying across the median, where it collided with two oncoming cars, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a Honda CR-V. The driver of the Chevy was transported to a nearby hospital, while the driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2006, Howard was generally a solid player during his eight years in the NFL. After being phased out in Oakland, Howard signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. After that aforementioned strong game in 2012, however, Howard tore his ACL in practice. Though he said he was fully healthy the following offseason, he received little interest on the open market. He eventually signed midseason with the Atlanta Falcons as a special teams player, but played no defensive snaps during his two games there. He was waived on November 12 to clear a roster spot for linebacker Sean Witherspoon, who was returning from short-term injured reserve.
Howard led all linebackers in interceptions with six back in 2007. His career numbers stand at 95 games (78 starts), 6.0 sacks, seven interceptions, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns.