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The Daily Banter: Does Vince Young's Assault Charge Affect Cedric Benson's Charge?

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There are points being made throughout the local media that Vince Young's assault citation at a Dallas-area strip club in mid-June could be an indication of whether or not Bengals running back Cedric Benson will be suspended after his own assault over the Memorial Day weekend. The point arose when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, "acknowledged that a first-time legal offender like Young is unlikely to face an NFL suspension. Young, though, is guilty of embarrassing the NFL with a physical confrontation that was caught on the strip club’s security camera."

However as Joe Reedy points out, Benson's situation differs from Young's. While both are assaults, "this is not the first time Benson has been in trouble" and in Young's case, this is his first; though being in trouble is only a portion of Goodell's heavy-handed consequence machine. Goodell also points out that each situation is different, therefore one shouldn't expect one situation to apply to another. Either way, no decision is being made for now for Benson while the legal process kicks off.

Not much going on with the Bengals, so we'll take a quick look around the NFL.

First things first, I hope everyone had a great (or is still having a great) holiday weekend.

+ The NFL-USO Coaches Tour hit Afghanistan after a bird hit them.

+ The Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley predicts with his crystal ball that the Bengals will finish with a 7-9 record, calling the biggest question mark team chemistry.

+ Contract talks between the Colts and Peyton Manning are moving along slowly.

+ The Philadelphia Eagles are planning on not releasing Michael Vick -- at least for now.

+ Services for former Chargers head coach Don Coryell is scheduled for July 12 at San Diego University.

+ Running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Quinton Ganther, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

+ Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is applying for another work release.

+ Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still works with a quarterback tutor to keep his mechanics sharp.