Last summer in Austin, Cedric Benson got into a bar fight that we'll rate 0.2 Jordan Jeffersons. He shoved some workers and threw a punch, and was arrested for misdemeanor assault. Today he paid the piper, pleading no contest and being sentenced to 20 days in jail.
Here's how this works for the busy schedule of an NFL running back. On Monday, October 17th, the day after the Bengals' week 6 game against Indy, Benson will travel to Austin to turn himself in. The next Sunday is Cincinnati's bye. With good behavior, he should be out in about a week - plenty of time to report to practice for week 8. No fuss, no muss.
And since Roger Goodell seems to have forgotten how to suspend players, no missed games.
Benson receives 20 days in jail for 2010 assault in Austin [Cincinnati Enquirer]