In light of Tuesday’s arrest by Cedric Benson, here are a couple thoughts about what this means when training camp begins in four weeks in Georgetown.
I don’t think Benson will be suspended by the league for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy. The NFL office on Tuesday said they are looking into the matter, but as a guidepost Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Sunday in an interview with Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez that Titans QB Vince Young will probably not face a suspension. The key though is whether Goodell looks at the incidents two years ago with Benson when factoring in the decision. While Benson was cleared of charges in both cases, the policy states that one does not have to be found guilty of a crime to still face league action.
In the event Benson does face a suspension, Cedric Peerman’s chances of making the roster will get a lot better. He has a short, thick build that can handle running between the tackles as well as that speed to put it in another gear once getting into the open field. The roster currently shows five backs vying for three spots with Benson, Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard the overwhelming favorites.