Bengals RB Cedric Benson will be missing a game in 2011 after he was sentenced to 20 days in jail Monday. He and the court in Texas reached a deal to settle two misdemeanor assault cases
Benson was in court in Austin Monday and the deal was struck after a jury was picked. He said he will surrender to authorities on October 17th. That is a Monday, it’s the week the Bengals are on bye.
He will miss the teams October 30th game on the road at Seattle against the Seahawks.
Benson was arrested in 2010 for allegedly punching a bar employee in Austin, and he pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with injury in that case.
He was also arrested last month for allegedly punching a former roommate in downtown Austin. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with bodily injury with family violence, and that will be dismissed if he performs 30 hours of community service and pays an undisclosed amount of restitution to the victim.
Benson has been the Bengals’ leading rusher since 2008. Last season he ran for 1111 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground, and added one more receiving.
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