Report: Former Raiders and Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard killed in automobile crash in California

According to KCBD in Lubbock, Texas, former Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard was killed in a two-car crash outside of Oakland, Calif. on Monday.

Howard, 30, reportedly was one of two people killed after a speeding BMW ran into a large-rig truck and lost control, hitting a Honda CRV on Highway 880. The accident was first reported by WTVU in Oakland.

A former walk-on at UTEP, Howard was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft, playing the majority of his NFL career with the Raiders and Bengals. Howard signed with the Atlanta Falcons in October and played two games — in Weeks 8 and 9 — with the team this season before being released.

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