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Cedric Benson serving jail sentence

Updated: September 1, 2011, 8:31 AM ET
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has begun serving a 20-day jail term in Texas to settle two misdemeanor assault cases.

The former Texas star was sentenced Monday in Austin and had planned to surrender Oct. 17, during Cincinnati's bye week. Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late Tuesday.

Benson's lawyer said the running back decided it would be best to serve his sentence before the NFL season begins.

"Mr. Benson is ...

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