Bengals running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to 20 days in jail today after pleading no contest for an assault charge stemming from a 2010 incident in Austin, Texas. But fear not, Benson fantasy owners and blindly hopeful Bengals fans — Benson isn’t likely to miss any time.
Benson will return to Austin and turn himself in on Oct. 17, which is the day after the Indianapolis game at Paul Brown Stadium and the start of the bye week. Assistant Travis County Prosecuting Attorney Corby Holcomb told The Austin American-Statesman that with credit for good behavior, Benson would serve about a week in jail. If the normal schedule applies, Benson would only miss one or two practices and should be back in Cincinnati by Oct. 26, which would be the first major practice in preparation for the Oct. 30 game at Seattle.
Benson was not suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell after meeting with him to discuss the incident last year. And although he slipped up again with an assault charge in July, he’s unlikely to be punished for that incident because it took place during the lockout.
So Benson got lucky, but history tells us it won’t be long before he finds trouble again.