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Odell Thurman "allowed" to workout with Bengals

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A press release went out announcing that Odell Thurman was given permission by the league allowing him to "train and work out at the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium facilities" while awaiting his actual reinstatement.

"Odell remains on the league’s suspended list, and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to meet the conditions for reinstatement," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "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. In the meantime, he is allowed to work out with our strength and conditioning and our training staffs."

"We see it as a positive," agent Safarrah Lawson said Saturday in a phone interview. "It's an opportunity to get reacclimated with the team, to work with the strength and conditioning staff in preparation, hopefully, for minicamp and training camp."
[AP via USA Today]

If punishments truly fit the crime, then Odell Thurman is a case of being black-balled in an effort by the Chancellor to crack down on the league's conduct problems. He was suspended four games for missing a drug test, then suspended for the remainder of 2006 and all of 2007 after being charged with a DUI. We all understand and accepted 2006. But denying reinstatement for the linebacker in 2007 shocked a lot of us. Think he'll return in 2008? Think he'll be effective?

Thurman cleared for workouts []