The good news just keeps rolling in on a bye week Tuesday for the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL.com's Jason La Canfora is is reporting that running back Cedric Benson's original three game suspension has been reduced to one game and that Benson will be fined as well.
This comes after Benson filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board. His case was heard last week. Benson's suspension is related to an off-field conviction for assault that occurred during the NFL lockout. As part of the negotiation process, it was reported that the NFLPA had negotiated Benson's suspension along with seven other NFL players who had committed violations during the work stoppage. Benson maintained that the suspension was not valid since the union had decertified at that time. Additionally, Bengals player representative Andrew Whitworth spoke out in support of Benson, saying he had not been made aware of the deal struck by the NFLPA.
Benson will serve his one game when the Bengals return to action after this week's bye against the Seattle Seahawks. Look for Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard to share the running back duties and for the team to prepare a game plan tailored for them for the Seattle game.
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