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Thurman Takes Big First Step to Returning to Bengals

In what could be the first move to him being back with the team, linebacker Odell Thurman has been cleared to resume working out with the team by the NFL. “Odell remains on the league’s suspended list, and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to meet the conditions of reinstatement,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “If he is reinstated, he will then have to earn the confidence of our management and coaching staff that he is ready to compete for a roster spot as an active member of our team.”

Odell was not allowed to play last season after commish Roger Goodell ruled against him re-joining the team. He was first hit with a suspension in 2006, when he missed the first four games after skipping a drug test. Then he had an arrest for a DUI, which extended his suspension to the whole season. He also had a run in last year when he was accused of assaulting two men in Georgia. Just like it would have been last season, having Odell back would be a big lift to a Bengals team that really needs help on defense.

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