Some very sad and tragic news is just starting to come out.
Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard was one of two people killed in a high-speed crash on Interstate Highway 880 early Monday morning, according to KRON 4 News:
The incident was reported on Highway 880 south of Fifth Avenue at 12:50 a.m., CHP Officer Daniel Hill said.
Witnesses said the driver of a gray BMW 750Li sedan, identified as Howard, was driving north on the highway at more than 100 mph when he lost control and collided with the rear of a semi-truck in the left lane, according to the CHP.
The BMW launched into the air and crossed the center median onto southbound Highway 880, Hill said.
Howard spent the 2011 and ’12 seasons on the Bengals roster, and led the team in tackles. But after tearing his ACL during a Week 2 practice last year, Howard was lost for the year, and Vontaze Burfict emerged in his place to take over the weakside linebacker spot, leading the team to not re-sign him this offseason.
The Bengals did workout Howard at one point this year before he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, who eventually cut him.
The Bengals may have at least considered signing him over the bye week to bring in some veteran depth to a banged-up LB corps, but football feels so irrelevant here, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Howard’s family and friends.