Bengals holding off on Alexander?

Updated: 7:40 p.m.

It appears the Bengals are waiting to see how their running backs perform before making a decision on pursuing former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander.

The Bengals open voluntary workouts Tuesday in which they will view a healthy Chris Perry for the first time since he severely dislocated his ankle in late November of 2006. Also on display is a beefed-up Rudi Johnson.

Jim Steiner, Alexander's agent, hasn't been reached for comment since last week. On Monday, Newsday's Bob Glauber quoted a league source familiar with the Bengals' situation saying, "They've got no intention of signing him at this point. Obviously, that could change."

Middle linebacker Odell Thurman, looking to make his first appearance on the field since his two-year suspension, attended the funeral of his grandmother Monday in Monticello, Ga. Betty Thurman raised her grandson after his mother died in a car accident when he was 10.

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