HoosierCat Posted May 15, 2007 Report Share Posted May 15, 2007 http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/art.../305140047/1066In a radio inteview Monday night, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said there would be an “opportunity” for linebacker Odell Thurman to return to the Bengals next season, if Thurman is reinstated by the NFL.Thurman was suspended for the 2006 season because of violations of the NFL substance abuse policy. He led the team in tackles as a rookie in 2005.Thurman can apply for reinstatement on June 11.“I have been in contact with Odell and he has an opportunity to be reinstated," Lewis said on air. "He’ll have had to have really followed the very strict NFL guidelines in order to get to that point, and then obviously if he is reinstated to go forward. And if that happens, he’ll have an opportunity. We’re still probably a couple of months away from that, and we’ll see what happens toward the middle of July.”Lewis added that Thurman is doing well.“He’s doing very well … he’s learned quite a bit about life I’d say.”Lewis made the comments to Paul Daugherty, an Enquirer columnist who is also the host of “SportsTalk” on WLW-AM 700. Lewis typically has said little about Thurman during the suspension, other than to say the linebacker is not currently part of the team.When contacted later Monday night by The Enquirer, Lewis declined further comment.Thurman did not return a message left on his mobile phone. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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