The Bengals are riding high. They get six days off after Tuesday's walkthrough and when they come back they'll be in first place in the AFC North with five games left.
But Rey Maualuga expected to find what would have been a usually boisterous locker room quite subdued on Tuesday morning as he digested the news Monday that popular former teammate Thomas Howard had been killed in a car accident in Oakland.
"I'm lost for words; my heart dropped as I read it on my phone," Maualuga said. "He always had that smile. And he was so passionate on and off the field. I bet you find no one who has a bad word to say about Thomas."
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