Benson suspension adds to Bengals' woes

September, 22, 2011
9/22/11
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Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson has been served a three-game suspension from the NFL, according to a report by Yahoo Sports.

This only adds to the Bengals' troubles this week, which included starting wide receiver Jerome Simpson getting detained in a marijuana incident. This isn't the type of publicity the Bengals wanted heading into a home opener that is already blacked out.

Benson will be allowed to play Sunday against San Francisco because his appeal will reportedly be heard Tuesday. If the suspension is upheld, he would miss Cincinnati's next three games against Buffalo, Jacksonville and Indianapolis.

He was sentenced last month after striking deals for two misdemeanor assault cases stemming from separate incidents in Austin, Texas (the last one occurred two months ago during the lockout). He eventually served five days in jail just before the start of the season.

Losing Benson for that stretch will hurt Cincinnati, especially in the games against the Bills (21st-ranked run defense) and Colts (29th). Bernard Scott would likely fill in as the starting running back.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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