Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bengal still de-clawed

Odell Thurman's petition for reinstatement was denied late last week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who decided that the Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker should miss another season because of his ongoing problems. Thurman was suspended for all of last season after skipping a drug test and later being arrested for drunken driving. Thurman will be allowed to ask for reinstatement again after the season. Goodell's decision left the Bengals with two suspended players as they opened training camp. Receiver Chris Henry will miss the first eight games for repeatedly violating the league's conduct policy - he has been arrested four times.

I am no legal expert, but with all of the ex-cons the Bengals are sporting, isn't it illegal for these thugs to be within 50 feet of each other? If that's the case, it's a good thing for the Bengals that Thurman isn't back. It makes play calling really predictable when the only play that keeps your players from returning to jail is the prevent defense.

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