Bengals RB Cedric Benson Begins Serving 20-Day Jail Stint In Texas

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson was originally scheduled to serve his 20-day jail sentence in the middle of October, coinciding with the Bengals bye week.

But plans seemed to have changed as Benson checked into a Texas jail Tuesday night to settle two misdemeanor assault cases.

Benson was arrested in 2010 for allegedly punching a bar employee in Austin, an incident that earned him a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but resulted in no punishment. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with injury in that case.

He also was 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.

The Bengals first regular season game is September 10th. Th assumption is that Benson will be released by the 6th in time to participate. The Bengals play the Colts in their final preseason game Thursday night, but it had already been determined that Benson wouldn’t play in that game.