Posted by Will Brinson
Cedric Benson's pending suspension -- believed to be three games, but up in the air on when a ruling would occur -- has been a heavy point of labor contention throughout much of the NFL's first six weeks. But it should simmer a bit now that the league reduced Benson's suspension to a single game.
According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Benson will now miss just one game this season and be fined $176,000 (one week's pay) by the NFL.
With the Bengals on bye in Week 7, it stands to reason that Benson will miss the Week 8 game at Seattle, with backup Bernard Scott getting most of the carries in his stead.
For Cincinnati, it's tremendous news. Benson is their workhorse and with a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton taking snaps, the Bengals need as much of a running game as they can get. Benson missing just a single game helps them substantially, especially because he's unlikely to miss any in-division games.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Benson's unfair labor practice that he filed against the NFLPA, too.
"I will be in discussions with the Players Association over the next day or two and decide the next step in regards to the non-injury grievance," Benson's attorney David Cornwell said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
For my money, Benson's best dropping the unfair labor claim. He ended up getting just a single-game suspension and while most players would prefer that the NFLPA not agree to the deal that the NFL offered in terms of discipline for offseason violations of the personal conduct policy, it's not like what Benson did is OK.
He beat the hell out of a guy in a bar in Austin -- the second such time he's attacked someone there. He's been in plenty of trouble before and if the cost of achieving a decade of labor peace was throwing Benson under the bus for a suspension for something that warrants a suspension, that's just something that helps the greater good.
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