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Ex-Bear Cedric Benson receives jail sentence

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Bens(32) is tackled by CarolinPanthers linebacker James Anders(50) after short gafirst half an NFL football

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson (32) is tackled by Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson (50) after a short gain in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

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AUSTIN, Texas — Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after reaching a deal to settle two misdemeanor assault cases in Texas.

Benson was in court in Austin, Texas, on Monday and the deal was struck after a jury was picked. He said he will surrender to authorities on Oct. 17, which is the Monday of Cincinnati’s bye week.

Benson was arrested in 2010 for allegedly punching a bar employee in Austin, and he pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with injury in that case.

He was also arrested last month for allegedly punching a former roommate in downtown Austin. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with bodily injury with family violence, and that will be dismissed if he performs 30 hours of community service and pays an undisclosed amount of restitution to the victim.

Benson has been the Bengals’ leading rusher since 2008. The former Texas star was an unrestricted free agent but chose to sign a one-year contract to stay in Cincinnati.

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