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Thurman still waiting; Pollack out for '07

Updated: 7-11-07, 9:45 p.m.



Indications are Bengals middle linebacker Odell Thurman won't hear if he'll be let back into the NFL until some time next week at the earliest.

Wednesday was the first day the league could rule on his application for reinstatement after serving a one-year suspension for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. But one of his agents, Safarrah Lawson, said Wednesday there was no news.

Also Wednesday, according to Fox 19 in Cincinnati, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed to a Savannah, Ga., TV station what had been long suspected but he wouldn't address with local media. David Pollack, Thurman's Georgia teammate, won't play in 2007 as he recovers from a broken neck.

According to the station, Lewis wouldn't rule out a return for '08.

Lawson and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday they weren't aware of a meeting in which commissioner Roger Goodell has called in Thurman before ruling on the case. Aiello reiterated it's not required in the process.

Lawson is confident his client is going to be reinstated, in part, because he hasn't been informed of any violations of the rehab program.

The decision figures to come in time for Thurman to know if he'll be able to report with the rest of the Bengals July 26 to training camp.

"All indications are that to this point Odell has not had any violations of the drug program and we're hopeful that his application is going to be accepted," Lawson said.

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