Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has been informed by the National Football League that he will be suspended for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Benson will be allowed to continue to play while he appeals the suspension, with Silver adding that the 28-year-old has a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Benson has not been informed of a suspension.
Prior to the end of the preseason, Benson served five days in jail as part of a plea agreement to resolve two outstanding assault cases. The first case involved a 2010 assault charge when the former University of Texas standout allegedly struck an employee at an Austin, Texas bar.
During the lockout, when players were outside of the purview of the league's personal conduct policy, Benson was arrested after allegedly assaulting his roommate. Despite his repeated arrests, the Bengals re-signed the free agent to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million. Benson was released from jail in time to participate in the Bengals' practices before their Week 1 game against the Cleveland Browns. Through two games, Benson ranks ninth in the NFL with 180 rushing yards.
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