Things are going quite well for Bengals fans. The team is a surprising 4-2 and in the playoff race with the league’s No. 2-ranked defense. They just added two top draft picks without giving up anything in a trade with Oakland. And now they’ve received news that running back Cedric Benson will only have to serve a one-game suspension for his offseason shenanigans.
Benson was originally suspended three games in relation to an assault charge stemming from an incident that took place in July. But since the episode took place during the lockout, Benson appealed. Almost a month after the suspension was originally handed out, he’s still playing.
And now the league has agreed to reduce the suspension to just one game and a fine, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora.
“While multiple criminal charges have been filed in recent years, we here are addressing only two,” hearing officer Harold R. Henderson wrote in his written conclusion. “Mr. Benson has not been disciplined for misconduct before. Therefore, in view of all the factors discussed above, I find (the) three-game suspension to be more than is warranted, and hereby modify the discipline accordingly to a one-game suspension and, in addition, a fine in the amount of one-seventeenth of his … salary. Benson should know that any further violation of the Policy may result in significantly more severe discipline, including (a) multi-game suspension.”
That actually works out to be quite a massive fine, but at least that won’t hurt the team. Now, Benson, who ranks ninth in the league with 458 rushing yards through six games, will merely have to miss a game Cincinnati should win regardless in Seattle. And this might not affect fantasy owners too much either, because the Seahawks have been completely shutting down opposing running backs thus far.