The Bengals got some good and bad news from the National Football League and the courtroom – first the good (sort of) news: according to the Orlando Sentinel, in Orlando, FL, a judge ruled that Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry did not violate terms of his probation. The Sentinel had previously reported that Henry was accused of eight violations of his probation, including his failure to apply for a travel permit to attend Bengals’ training camp. Henry is already 4 games deep into his 8-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, and any further legal transgressions would have cost him additional sanctions by the NFL.
Now the bad news. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph for 1 game (this week vs. Kansas City); the league also fined Joseph an additional game check for violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. All told, Joseph loses $42,344. The Bengals have had difficulty finding a suitable #3 replacement for Henry at WR behind Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. And it is more than likely that rookie Leon Hall, who leads the Bengals in interceptions with 2, will replace Joseph at CB against the Chiefs this weekend.