Thomas Howard, a linebacker who played for the Raiders, Bengals and Falcons, was killed in a car accident on Monday, according to a report from KRON 4. Howard was 30 years old.
Howard spent parts of eight seasons in the NFL, including five with the Oakland Raiders. He signed with Atlanta this offseason and was released by the team earlier this month.
The official rule states: A team may not commit multiple fouls during the same down in an attempt to manipulate the game clock. The penalty for a violation is 15 yards. The game clock will also be reset to where it had been prior to the previous snap.
While that won’t stop a move like Harbaugh’s intentional holding outright, it will prevent that loophole from being exploited in the future.
The rule needed 24 votes — or 75 percent approval from the league’s owners — and passed. It wasn’t the only new policy to make its way through the legislative process and into the 2017 rulebook.
While Matt Schaub’s disastrous penchant for throwing touchdowns to the other team has headlined the Texans’ lost season, Schaub has been far from the Texans’ only downfall. The good news in Houston is that Keenum is showing some promise (so stop yanking him after a tough half, OK?), strong performers like Watt and Kareem Jackson are in their prime and the return of players like Manning and Cushing will help to alleviate some trouble spots for 2017.
The team won’t be without holes, but they’ll almost certainly enjoy a high selection in the 2017 draft to fill at least one of them. And if a different coach is helping to guide that selection … for many Texans fans, that might be the best news of all.