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Benson will meet with NLRB today

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Though some in the media believed that the league would resolve the appeal of running back Cedric Benson’s three-game suspension by now, the more accurate position always has been that this one will take some time.

It will take some time because there are several moving parts.  In addition to the appeal of the suspension under the personal conduct policy, Benson is pursuing a non-injury grievance under the CBA, based on the allegation that the league lacks jurisdiction to punish him for off-duty conduct occurring during the lockout.

Benson also has filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board against his union, the NFL Players Association.  Per a source with knowledge of the proceedings, Benson will be meeting today with the NLRB.

It’s expected that the league will defer any ruling on the appeal of the suspension until these other proceedings have been resolved.

So, in other words, Benson will likely continue to be practicing during the weeks and playing on Sundays.

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12 Responses to “Benson will meet with NLRB today”
  1. rgwhodey says: Oct 11, 2011 8:19 AM

    The labor board has more important things to worry about right now other than an NFL players suspension.. this is gonna take time..
    Just sayin’

  2. seabass231 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:31 AM

    Is that the “New Little River Band”

  3. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:36 AM

    Instead of all this legal wrangling, how about Benson justs focuses on, you know, staying out of trouble?

  4. MichaelEdits says: Oct 11, 2011 8:37 AM

    Whoever writes the headline “Benson hedges his bets” will be taken out and shot.

  5. Kaz says: Oct 11, 2011 8:39 AM

    We just need him to get through 11 more weeks. His time in Cinci has ran it’s course so he’s good to go assualt folks again after the season.

  6. pskotte says: Oct 11, 2011 8:45 AM

    Although I am not condoning his actions, Benson got jobbed by the NFLPA* and the league. Hope he wins his case.

  7. mac3333 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:24 AM

    As a Bengals fan I hope he draws this out till next season. At which point he’s a Free Agent and I could care less about suspensions.

    I see the Bengals going after a RB in the 1st or 2nd round next draft. They have young talent everywhere, especially on the Offensive side of the ball.

    Imagine Trent Richardson with AJ Green, Jermaine Gresham and Andy Dalton. That could be a dangerous core 4 to build around.

  8. itsmammoth says: Oct 11, 2011 10:23 AM

    Walkin’ the mile… Walkin’ the mile…

  9. freewayjim says: Oct 11, 2011 10:54 AM

    Wow, Cedric must have some serious juice to get a meeting with the NLRB when they are busy trying to keep Boeing from moving some jobs from Washington (Union State) to South Carolina (Right to work state).

  10. contract says: Oct 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    Cedric Benson should be leading the NFLPA since he’s the only player with any stones.

  11. crohrbaugh says: Oct 11, 2011 11:54 AM

    Not only was it during the lockout, but he was a free agent so he wasnt even an employee of any team.

    This is alot of time and energy for the relatively small issue of punching someone- though he is a repeat offender.

  12. chrisnbeckett says: Oct 11, 2011 1:57 PM

    He better be playing and running HARD i got stuck with him on my fantasy team!!

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