Notes: Cover boys (again)

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Updated: 6:15 a.m.

Once the Siberia of NFL media coverage, the Bengals have scored their second Sports Illustrated cover in just a few months with the magazine featuring Cincinnati's 28-20 victory in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Headlined "The NFL's Nastiest Rivalry: Bengals crunch Steelers," staff writer Tim Layden says the Bengals "set themselves up as top cats in the NFL's toughest division."

Quarterback Carson Palmer made the cover during the summer for his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery. This time linebacker Caleb Miller makes it with his hit on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

The Oct. 2 issue is scheduled to hit newsstands Wednesday.

THURMAN TIMETABLE: It's pretty clear that Odell Thurman isn't going to play this season with the only questions seeming to be when the ruling comes down and when he's eligible to return. The year-long suspension may not take place until Thurman officially pleads or is found guilty on his DUI, and that could take months. But with head coach Marvin Lewis clearly wanting to make a move by clearing out his locker, how much would he play until then? If he takes the suspension now, he could come back sooner, maybe as soon as training camp starts, and not have to wait a full year.

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