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No immediate ruling on Benson appeal

Cincinnati Bengals' running back Cedric Benson fights break free from San Francisco 49ers' Isaac Sopoaga and NaVorro Bowman during the first half of play in their NFL football game Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati Reuters

On Tuesday, the appeal of Bengals running back Cedric Benson’s three-game suspension was heard.  But with no ruling on the matter, Benson remains on track to play this weekend against the Bills.

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

At this point, it’s not clear when a ruling will come.

“We have numerous objections to Cedric’s suspension and had the opportunity to express them today to the the NFL’s hearing officer, Harold Henderson,” Benson’s lawyer, David Cornwell, told PFT by email.  “Mr. Henderson considered our evidence and arguments, but did not give an indication of when he will issue a ruling.”

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.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Bengals worked out Larry Johnson and Clinton Portis on Tuesday, in the event that Benson isn’t available at some point in the near future.

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19 Responses to “No immediate ruling on Benson appeal”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 28, 2011 7:19 AM

    There he is again, Larry friggin Johnson.

    WTF do teams see in this guy?

  2. londonfletcher says: Sep 28, 2011 7:43 AM

    ‘ol Portis can’t catch a break. How many teams has he worked out for, now? 4?

  3. pappert says: Sep 28, 2011 7:47 AM

    Benard Scott will help me get some easy points in fantasy. Is losing benson that bad? esp. against a bills defense…As long as they dont lose Daulton their shot will remain the same

  4. djrigg0616 says: Sep 28, 2011 7:57 AM

    So it’s ok to assault someone if you’re not employed, and not ok to assault someone if you are employed? Got it. Thanks Cedric.

  5. Todd Haley's Temper says: Sep 28, 2011 8:19 AM

    Tell Benson that he can keep getting arrested for alcoholic related events and beating his roommates but if he EVER trades a jersey for a tattoo then the hammer comes down!

  6. skoobyfl says: Sep 28, 2011 8:36 AM

    The Parole officers have an easy job in Cincy, they just need to come to the stadium to handle their whole case load in a one stop shop.

    The Bengals are going to lose big with or without Benson this weekend, it’s just by how much if the Bills get the ball more often with clock left.

  7. Land Snark says: Sep 28, 2011 8:41 AM

    @joetoronto

    They want to see if there’s still some tread left on the tires of L J and Portis.

    Why they don’t go with some younger talent like Joique Bell or the like is beyond me.

    At least you know they’re not nicked and beaten from years of carries.

  8. GG Eden says: Sep 28, 2011 8:47 AM

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

    —-

    Sorry for asking a stupid question, but how come this didn’t apply to Terrelle Pryor?

  9. realitypolice says: Sep 28, 2011 9:00 AM

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

    Unless your name is Terrell Pryor, apparently.

  10. eagleswin says: Sep 28, 2011 9:46 AM

    The thing I don’t understand is why it is taking so long for a decision. The commish knew what the basis for the appeal was long before the meeting. Unless Benson’s lawyer had a novel legal argument during the meeting there really shouldn’t be anything new to consider.

    The only thing that makes sense is that he’s conferring with the NFLPA behind the scenes in order to extract something from them to make this go away.

  11. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 28, 2011 10:01 AM

    He may win this – and he should – but God help him if he ever gets in trouble again.

    He’s toast.

  12. rnazriel says: Sep 28, 2011 10:06 AM

    tiki is flabergasted…

  13. texansfan2011 says: Sep 28, 2011 10:38 AM

    GG Eden says:
    Sep 28, 2011 8:47 AM
    “A player is not suspended until he has had an opportunity to file an appeal and for that appeal to be heard and adjudicated,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said

    —-

    Sorry for asking a stupid question, but how come this didn’t apply to Terrelle Pryor?

    realitypolice says:
    Sep 28, 2011 9:00 AM
    “A player is not suspended until he has had an opportunity to file an appeal and for that appeal to be heard and adjudicated,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said this morning via email.
    =====================

    Unless your name is Terrell Pryor, apparently.

    ——————————————————-
    Probably has something to do with Benson allready being a player and the NFL, and Pryor’s agreement to the suspension prior to being allowed to enter the supplement draft.

    Not sure just saying, but it does make sense

  14. nickel2crash says: Sep 28, 2011 10:50 AM

    @GG Eden

    If the player appeal before his suspension begins, he can still play until the ruling comes out becomes the ruling could be either dropping the suspension or reducing it.

    In the case of Pryor, he waited after his suspension began to make the appeal with the purpose of reducing it (as it couldn’t be dropped since it already started)

  15. quizguy66 says: Sep 28, 2011 11:31 AM

    The NFL shouldn’t have the power to suspend for the stuff that happened when there was a lockout. If something new happens, though, they should be able to use that incident to figure into the equation. This may be what the NFLPA was thinking (it’s what it should’ve been thinking) when it agreed to this exception for these 8 players. Whitworth is right – the NFLPA failed their members on this one.

    The 2nd postponement makes me think that the NFL/NFLPA is probably trying to negotiate something. The thing is, I can’t see any way Benson gets on board with any suspension (he’ll sue if it comes to that – neither the NFL or NFLPA want that). The NFL/NFLPA should announce a compromise that basically is as I outlined in paragraph one. That’s the face saving move for both sides.

    -QG

  16. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 28, 2011 11:59 AM

    I heard Portis tried out for the Patriots in 6 different costumes…0-6.

  17. pappert says: Sep 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    So technically terrell pryor can play since they didn’t give word????

  18. lanflfan says: Sep 28, 2011 3:59 PM

    Benson deserves to be suspended for all three games. He probably deserves more,but 3 sounds right. If he doesn’t want to be suspended, then perhaps he should change his behavior.

  19. GG Eden says: Sep 29, 2011 5:13 AM

    That’s the other part of my stupid question….since T.Pryor ended up filing an appeal, two weeks have gone by, probably three by the time they make an adjudication. So, in theory, his 5 game suspension should’ve been lifted after he appealed, should’ve been able to train with the coaches and team and get a pay check.

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