Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cedric Benson is going to do some time, likely miss no games

The starting running back for the Cincinnati Bengals has settled a couple of outstanding misdemeanor cases, agreeing to do 20 days in the pokey.

Benson, proving to be more elusive in the legal system than on the field, probably won't miss any game time. He's agreed to return to Austin, Texas, and turn himself in on Oct. 17, which just happens to coincide with the Bengals' Week 7 bye. Benson's sentence is 20 days, and the gap between games is 14 days, but he probably won't serve the whole thing.

Via Joe Reedy at

Assistant Travis County Prosecuting Attorney Corby Holcomb told The Austin American-Statesman that with credit for good behavior, Benson would serve about a week in jail. If the normal schedule applies, Benson would only miss one or two practices and should be back in Cincinnati by Oct. 26, which would be the first major practice in preparation for the Oct. 30 game at Seattle.

You may see that as an unethical application of the law, with Cedric maybe getting the special pro athlete discount. Maybe that's not fair. Not every criminal gets to choose to report to jail when it's most convenient for them.

The other side of the argument, though, is that these are misdemeanors and any jail time at all could be seen as excessive. Cedric Benson might also disagree with the notion that the Austin legal system has ever done him any favors.

Anyway, it's resolved. You no longer have to worry about missing a week of production if Cedric Benson is on your fantasy team (my apologies to Arian Foster).


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