Middle linebacker Odell Thurman has been denied reinstatement by the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals' one-time starter will have his suspension continued at least through the 2007 campaign.
That means Thurman will miss a second straight season, putting his career in jeopardy.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who met recently with Thurman, made the decision. The Bengals, who anticipated that Thurman would be cleared to return, made the announcement of Goodell's ruling on Thursday morning in a news release.
I looked everywhere in this article for any reference to any trouble Thurman might have gotten himself in during his suspension. All I found was that party in which two men alleged assault and then subsequently withdrew the accusations. This means either the NFL is really, REALLY strict about staying out of trouble or Thurman must have made a total ass of himself to Goodell during their meeting.
Either way, if this case serves as a precedent, don't hold your breath for "Pacman" Jones to ever see an NFL field again.
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Honestly, I've never been particularily impressed by Smith anyway. He's probably the best all-around back the Vikings have, but he's not particularily fast or elusive or powerful. He's just completely and totally average.