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Thomas Howard
LB #53
Height:
6-3
Weight:
245
College:
Texas-El Paso
Hometown:
Lubbock, TX
Experience:
7
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 95 492 391 101 6 0 29 7 2 169 -- 66
2013 ATL 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 CIN 1 3 3 0 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CIN 16 99 64 35 1 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2010 OAK 12 9 7 2 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 OAK 16 79 72 7 2 -- 6 -- -- -- -- --
2008 OAK 16 97 80 17 1 -- 5 1 0 -3 -3 -3
2007 OAK 16 95 77 18 1 0 11 6 2 172 28.7 66
2006 OAK 16 110 88 22 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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Bengals 2011 tackling leader played in only one game in ’12, due to a knee injury suffered in practice prior to Game 2 ... An unrestricted free agent pickup for ’11, Howard started 15 games and had 120 tackles ... Started 62 games in five previous seasons with Oakland, but revived his career as a Bengal after seeing action mostly on special teams for the Raiders in 2010 ... Had six INTs for the Raiders in 2007.

Bengals 2011 tackling leader played in only one game in ’12, due to a knee injury suffered in practice prior to Game 2 ... An unrestricted free agent pickup for ’11, Howard started 15 games and had 120 tackles ... Started 62 games in five previous seasons with Oakland, but revived his career as a Bengal after seeing action mostly on special teams for the Raiders in 2010 ... Had six INTs for the Raiders in 2007.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Oakland in second round of 2006 NFL Draft (38th overall) ... Signed with Raiders on 7-25-06 ... Became an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season, and signed with Bengals as a UFA on 7-30-11.

2012 RECAP: On Sept. 10 at Baltimore, his four tackles included six-yard sack of Joe Flacco on third down, forcing a punt ... Suffered knee injury in practice on Sept. 13, and placed Sept. 14 on Reserve/Injured list.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2006—Played in every Oakland game, with 15 starts, and logged 106 tackles ... Led team with nine tackles Sept. 11 in NFL debut vs. San Diego ... Deflected a pass that CB Nnamdi Asomugha returned for a TD on Oct. 29 vs. Pittsburgh ... Ten tackles Dec. 10 at Bengals.

2007—Started every Raiders game and had a team-high six INTs, leading AFC in INT return yardage (172) ... Had 11 total passes defensed ... On Sept. 16 at Denver, Raiders fell in OT, but not before Howard’s 44-yard TD on an INT return gave Oakland lead in fourth quarter ... Also had a fumble recovery at Denver ... Had 26-yard INT return in win Sept. 23 vs. Cleveland ... INT return of 28 yards in win Sept. 30 at Miami ... On Oct. 14 at San Diego, intercepted a pass for fourth consecutive game and returned it 66 yards for TD.

2008—Started every Oakland game for the second straight year ... Third on team in tackles (97) ... In Sept. 14 win at Kansas City, had a sack, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and a team-leading five solo tackles ... Had seven solo tackles and an INT Nov. 23 in win at Denver.

2009—Played 16 games with 15 starts for Raiders, with 11 tackles for loss among his 80 stops ... Eight solo tackles and two for loss in win Sept. 20 at Kansas City ... Had four solos with an eight-yard sack in win Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia ... Five solo tackles and a forced fumble in win Nov. 22 vs. Bengals.

2010—Played for Oakland in Games 1-4 and 9-16 ... Had four tackles on defense, a forced fumble, a pass defensed and five tackles on special teams ... Inactive for Games 5-8.

2011—Along with Bengals-high 120 tackles, had a sack, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles ... Led team in tackles in four of last six games, as well as in Wild Card playoff ... Played in all 16 games, with 15 starts at WLB ... Supported effort for Bengals defense to finish season ranked seventh in NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (316.3) and fourth in fewest yards allowed per offensive play (5.0) ... Logged seven tackles Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo, including key pass defensed on third down in fourth quarter to force a punt and set up Cincinnati's game-winning drive ... Fought through injured hamstring Oct. 30 at Seattle, logging four tackles and forcing fumble against RB Marshawn Lynch that was recovered by Cincinnati ... Tied for team lead in tackles (nine) Nov. 6 at Tennessee, and had a forced fumble (Titans recovered) ... Logged team season-high 15 tackles Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, along with two QB pressures ... Had six tackles Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, including two for-loss and four-yard sack, plus with a pass defensed ... Led team with 12 tackles on both Dec. 11 vs. Houston and Dec. 18 at St. Louis ... Led team with nine tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston, and also had a pass defensed.

COLLEGE: Played 48 games in four seasons (2002-05) at UTEP, logging 296 tackles with 13 sacks ... Saw action at strong safety as well as at linebacker ... His 34.5 tackles for loss ranked third in school history ... Second in Western Athletic Conference with eight sacks as a junior.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Lubbock, Texas ... Attended Estacado High School, where he recorded 100 tackles as a senior strong safety ... Also lettered in track in high school and was a member of the National Honor Society ... Father, Thomas Sr., was an All-American LB at Texas Tech and played nine seasons in NFL, with Kansas City and St. Louis.

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