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Cincy's Thurman cleared to practice, still awaits reinstatement decision

Updated: January 26, 2008, 3:50 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In a step that could lead to his reinstatement to the league following a two-year suspension, Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Odell Thurman was cleared by commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday to begin training and working out again at the team's practice facility.

Thurman, who missed the entire 2006 and 2007 seasons because of repeat violations of the NFL substance abuse policy, filed the paperwork to petition for his reinstatement several weeks ago.

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