Instead, the Bengals running back arrived in Austin, Texas on Tuesday night to surrender himself to authorities.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Benson is expected to spend seven days in Travis County Jail assuming he gets credit for good behavior. (He also has to give prison guards fantasy football advice.)
Benson must also complete 30 hours of community service.
Benson expects to get released by the morning of September 6 at the latest. That means he should be back at practice next week in time for Wednesday’s practice and be ready for the season opener against the Browns.
It’s a unique way for Benson to spend the last week of the preseason, but ultimately the Bengals must be pleased it won’t interrupt their season. (Barring a league suspension.)