Despite facing a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson will play this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed that Wednesday afternoon.
Benson has appealed the suspension and had his hearing on Tuesday. He feels it went well, and the NFL is unlikely to release its ruling on the appeal until next week, which means the oft-troubled running back will be eligible to play this week.
Benson’s suspension is related to his arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge for causing bodily injury to a family member. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. He was released on September 3 after serving just five days of his sentence.
According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Benson was one of eight players designated by the NFLPA as able to be punished for actions that occurred during the NFL’s lockout. In response to that allegation coming to light, the running back has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the players’ union with the National Labor Relations board. There is no word when a ruling from that is expected to come down, if it ever will.
The bottom line here is that Benson will play this week for the 1-2 Bengals as they take on the 2-1 49ers. Then, since commissioner Roger Goodell rarely changes his mind, the running back will likely be sitting for the next three weeks.