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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 4, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:13 pm
 

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

I just got suspened by nike and I don't even work there. I'm gonna tell them to stick it and quit!? Roger Goodell is a who-you!



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:03 pm
 

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

      My post was directed at you.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:01 pm
 

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

Pryor was allowed in the supplemental draft, pending the suspension
The NFL did not have to allow him in the supplemental draft
He and his buddies wrecked OSU season and the Tressels job with their antics, 




Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:00 pm
 

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

I was going to comment on your post...but....your not worth it!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:55 pm
 

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

 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


 So how does Terrelle Pryor gets suspended since he was not an employee of the NFL or of any NFL team when he violated whatever rules he did - I don't see much of a difference except for the NFL trying to avoid a mass turnover of suspended players (and coaches) jumping from the NCAA to the NFL.

Either way, I don't think either should be suspended. 



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:42 pm
 

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

Would the world come to an end if a white guy-Brian Leonard-played for just one game?



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:06 pm
 

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

Then your team sucks if he is your key running back



Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:53 pm
 

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

He's right , but it doesn't change the fact that he's a douche-bag.  Congratulati
ons Cinncy, you've added another arrest to your current, record holding rap-sheet. 



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:44 pm
 

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

My fantasy team of running backs.....it depends heavily on Benson.



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:32 pm
 

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

No, that arguement couldnt apply becasue when you are taking the test you are again an employee and you are testing positive while an employee. If you test positive during the 'lockout' period (but why take a test during the lockout) then no, that cant be held against you.


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