While the NFL didn’t have a problem handing down a three-game suspension to Bengals running back Cedric Benson for violating the conduct policy in the offseason — though there was a lockout and he was a free agent, meaning he wasn’t actually employed by anybody — the league apparently is not finding it as simple to rule on the appeal of that suspension.
Originally, Benson was supposed to be suspended for last Sunday’s Buffalo game, this week’s game vs. the Jaguars and the Oct. 16 contest with the Colts but since the league still hasn’t ruled, nobody seems to know what the heck is going on with his suspension. In response, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told CBSSports.com that the league “will render a decision as soon as possible.” As Bengals Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner writes, Benson appealed last Tuesday, and as of Monday, he hadn’t heard anything from the NFL. And if the Bengals don’t hear anything by Wednesday, they’ll assume he’s good to go for the Jacksonville game. Said coach Marvin Lewis: “There is no time frame from what I understood.”