Bengals Running Back Cedric Benson Expected To Be Available Against Jacksonville

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 2: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the football during the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 2, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell recently admitted to the NFL Network that he expects a decision will be "coming shortly" regarding Cedric Benson's appeal after being notified of a three-game suspension, which he and his representative are fighting hard. Benson believes that since he wasn't employed by the NFL and the union was decertified (aka, didn't exist) and that union (that doesn't exist) made an agreement with the NFL to suspend Benson, that there are no grounds for his discipline.

In the meantime it would appear that Benson will be available against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.

At this point it would be a major upset if Bengals RB Cedric Benson - facing a three-game suspension - were not allowed to play Sunday.
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According to Adam Schefter on ESPN's Mike And Mike in the Morning, Benson's hearing on Tuesday lasted nearly seven hours and that the league didn't start reviewing the transcripts until Monday morning. Additionally, Schefter explained, league will rarely notify a team that they'll not have the services of a player beyond Tuesday evening, mostly because by Wednesday morning teams are getting back together after an off day and implementing their game plans.

So if the decision on Benson's suspension was made by Tuesday night, he should be available against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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