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Marvin Lewis now has weapons he’s sought

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Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Georgia Bulldogs former player David Pollack on the set of ESPN College Gameday before the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Early in their careers in Cincinnati Pollack and Thurman looked as though they were going to give Marvin a pair of weapons much like he had in his previous stops.

It never materialized.

Thurman was suspended by the National Football League for the first four games of the 2006 regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after he refused to submit to a drug test. Later, the NFL would extend Thurman’s suspension for the remainder of the season as a result of the arrest for drunk driving. Thurman was eventually released.

That same year in the Bengal’s first game of the season Pollack suffered what was later determined to be a broken sixth cervical vertebrae on a first quarter tackle on running back Reuben Droughns. Pollack would never play for the Bengals again.

After that the Bengals made several attempts at giving Marvin his defensive weapon. First signing one of his former players from Baltimore Ed Hartwell followed by Dhani Jones. Then in the 2009 draft Rey Maualuga was selected to eventually take of the middle linebacker position. Rey just never seemed to bring that menacing presence that Kirkland and Lewis had.