CINCINNATI - FILE: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to reports on July 31, 2011 the Bengals will re-sign Benson to a one year deal. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
After serving only a few days of a 20-day jail sentence, Cedric Benson is back in Cincinnati with the team and according to a Tweet from Geoff Hobson, he plans to play on Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland.
#Bengals RB Ced Benson returns. Says he plans on playing vs. Browns
There are concerns about Scott's durability and his ability to carry the ball 20-plus times per game and Leonard is primarily used as the team's third-down back. It is likely that the team held on to Peerman as an insurance policy just in case something happened where Benson would miss a few games, be it from injury or jail time/a suspension.
Benson is capable of carrying the ball between the tackles 25 times per game and, now that the team is running a West Coast offense under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Benson will an important part of the team's offense.