Some sad news today involving former Oakland Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard, who was killed in a high-speed crash early Monday morning near his home in Alameda, California at the age of 30. Both Howard and another driver involved in the three-car crash, Zeng Long Liu, were killed at the scene of the accident that, according to a California Highway Patrol report, occurred when Howard’s BMW, traveling at more than 100 mph, collided with another vehicle and flew into oncoming traffic.
Howard was drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Oakland Raiders. He played with them for five seasons before he joined the Cincinnati Bengals for two season..
Thomas had signed with the Falcons last month and was active for two games until he was released last week.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Howard and Liu during this difficult time.
Tuesday’s headlines will likely concern the heightened emotions following the Patriots loss to the Panthers on Monday Night Football, which ended with a controversial call (or lack there-of) from the referees.
According to the ESPN broadcast, pass interference was not called because the pass from Tom Brady was underthrown. With no chance for the receiver to catch the ball, there is, according to the rulebook, no foul. Many smart people and experts with more insight on officiating than myself have weighed in with their thoughts on what went down, including the folks at footballzebras.com.
Seems reasonable to expect NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino and the league office will be busy this week putting together an explanation for what happened on National TV last night. Stay tuned for more drama.
- The Ravens confirmed in a statement that their general manager Ozzie Newsome is “feeling fine” after he was taken to the hospital on Sunday following the team’s loss to the Chicago Bears. Newsome received a “clean bill of health” and all test results came back normal.
- According to Deadspin report, New York Post colunnist Mark Cannizzaro manufactured a quote from Bills defensive end Mario Williams in an effort to create controversy surrounding the Jets trip to Dave and Busters prior to Sunday’s game. The report explains how Cannizzaro pushed Williams towards the soundbites he was looking for to craft a story that painted Rex Ryan and the Jets in a bad light.
- Jaguars fans refuse to give up on their dream for Tim Tebow: According to the Big Lead, a Jacksonville newspaper ad signed by the “citizens of Jacksonville” asks Jags owner Shad Khan to sign Tebow.
- Tampa Bay Bucs safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended one game by the NFL for a hit on a defenseless receiver. This is Goldson’s third suspension for illegal hits this season.
- Colts linebacker Erik Walden has also been suspended for his controversial head-butt hit on Titans tight end Delanie Walker.
- The Miami Dolphins have formally requested a delay on the hearing of Richie Incognito’s non-football injury grievance.
Kristine Reese is the NFL editor for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.