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Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 12:38 pm
 
Cedric Benson hasn't yet been suspended. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cedric Benson is reportedly facing a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's player-conduct policy during the lockout. But when the Bengals face the Bills this weekend, Benson will be on the field.

"I'm playing," he said according to the Bengals' official Twitter feed. And head coach Marvin Lewis confirms it

While there hasn't been an announcement from the NFL regarding Benson's suspension, he met with the league Tuesday as part of his appeal hearing. An explanation of the process from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello (sent to PFT Wednesday morning) sheds some light on the process.

“A player is not suspended until he has had an opportunity to file an appeal and for that appeal to be heard and adjudicated,” Aiello said via email.

There doesn't appear to be a timetable on when a ruling will come, either. The biggest issue is that Benson, who is apart of the NFL Players Association, was unaware that the NFLPA and the NFL had agreed to punish some of the players who had violated the league's conduct policy during the lockout. In fact, Benson last week filed a charge of unfair labor practice against the NFLPA.

CBSSports.com colleague Josh Katzowitz wrote Sunday, "Benson is arguing to the National Labor Relations Board that the NFLPA wasn’t a union during the lockout -- the NFL and a group of retired players all have made the same claim in various lawsuits because, in fact, the NFLPA decertified before the lockout began and took great pains to announce that it no longer was a union -- and Benson also says that he wasn’t an employee of any team during the lockout. Benson reasons that he shouldn't be suspended for actions that occurred when he wasn't an employee of the NFL or of the Bengals."

Benson isn't alone. Teammate Andrew Whitworth agrees.

"The union let those eight guys down,” Whitworth said, via CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner. “I don’t feel like that was fair. To me, if I was told that was a make or break, I would've said that’s a make or break deal that we were going to sell out eight guys to have an agreement."

As PFT.com's Mike Florio pointed out Wednesday, "The biggest question seems to be whether the NFL has the power to impose discipline against players for off-field conduct occurring during the lockout. In Benson’s case, the situation is complicated by the fact that he wasn’t even employed by an NFL team, since his prior contract with the Bengals had expired."

Who knows how long it will take to sort this out, bur for now, Benson will keep playing.

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

hey LiL SPIKE, why am i ignorant, cause i dont agree with you? you stfu, enough said, i am not gonna stoop to your 1st grade intelligence!!! grow up dude!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

  I think Benson does have a legit beef with this.  I think he is going about it wrong by making demands.  He is going to get no place with the "I'm bigger than you" card.  Shut your mouth and let the players union take care of it.  I've heard they have some power. lol



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

the way he has played you can make a case for has he even played a game yet this season he has been horrible



Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

Cedric was a free agent at the time of his arrest and no part of the union. He was a regular citizen like you and I. He served his time so he should be free of any league punishment. If he was a memeber of the Bengals or under contract , then he should have to pay.
 



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

Agreed, I already lost Charles!!!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

I think that Benson is making a good argument, but I dont believe it will hold up.  However, I do think the NFL is overstepping its boundaries in both the Pryor and Benson case. 




Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

I need him.  The rest of my fantasy backs are hurting or out permanently...

Let him play!!!



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

If he isn't employed by the Bengals but is still a NFL player, that means he surely has to be employed by the NFL as a registered player. Isthis a technicality or oversight but he does have a point that the professional players union body made claims they were not a union during the lockout then surely this means he could just as easily move to make counter claims of slander of character against himself by the NFL? 



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

PigDaddy

Benson signed with the Bengals, played in the pre-season, and then went to jail as a member of the Bengals.  Is an NFL player behind bars while under contract good for the league's image?  Do you think when he was suspended previously that the consequences of his future actions were discussed? 



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Cedric Benson: 'I'm playing' against Bills Sunday

I think what the NFL is talkingaboutis the image. Kids watch this kids game and the consequences they see are the ones the players geton the playing feild. maybe with a little more pryors, and bensons we will help to create a better society. 


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