December 18, 2014

Benson’s Suspension Dropped To One Game

Benson will sit against Seattle.

Lost a bit in the shuffle of today’s super awesome, terrific, fantastic and NOT surprising news about Carson Palmer (totally called it!  Score!), is this little nugget on PFT.com:

The NFL has reduced the suspension of Bengals running back Cedric Benson to one game.  He’ll miss the teams post-bye trip to Seattle.

Benson will miss the Seahawks game, and will be fined one game check.  Essentially, hearing officer Harold R. Henderson ruled that Benson’s plea agreement from August 29, 2011 admitted guilt, and therefore some discipline was warranted.  However, it does not specifically identified which transgression(s) Benson is being suspended for, so the running back might still make the case that he’s being punished for things that occurred while he was under no contract during a lockout.

Nonetheless, the Bengals will prepare for the Seahawks without Benson. His roster spot might be kept warm by Adam Jones, who is eligible to return from the PUP list, or the team might revisit available options like Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson. 

Meanwhile,  Bernard Scott and Cedric Peerman should bone up on the playbook.  Not to be too critical of 32, but it’ll be interesting to see how well the running game does without him.