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LB Thomas Howard killed in car crash

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Linebacker Thomas Howard, a former member of the Oakland Raiders who had been waived by the Atlanta Falcons last week, was killed in a car crash on Monday in Oakland, Calif.

Howard, 30, was driving his BMW on the freeway when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with a semi-truck, according to the report. Howard was believed to be traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He and a passenger, Zeng Long Liu, were killed.

"We are grateful for the outpouring of prayers, love and support we have received today," a statement from Howard's family released Monday night said. "During this difficult time, we ask that you respect the privacy of our family, as well as the privacy of the family of Zeng Long Liu. Please continue to pray for both families."

A second-round draft pick out of Texas-El Paso, Howard spent his first five NFL seasons with the Raiders, and he was a regular starter for the first four of those years.

He was a starter for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, but played just one game for Cincinnati in 2012.

The Falcons signed Howard on Oct. 22, and he played in two games for the Falcons this season.

Atlanta cut him on Nov. 12 to make room on the roster for the return of Sean Weatherspoon.
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