Bengals RB Cedric Benson was released from jail Saturday after serving five days of a 20-day sentence for misdemeanor assault, according to a statement that his lawyer sent to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Benson reportedly received credit for good behavior and work performed while in jail.
Benson on Monday had pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges in Austin, Texas, one stemming from a 2010 incident in which he punched a bar employee and the other resulting from a July arrest for punching a former roommate.
"Mr. Benson was released from jail today, having served his sentence," attorney Sam Bassett said in the statement. "Mr. Benson was credited for his full jail sentence pursuant to policies which apply to every inmate sentenced for a misdemeanor. He worked while in the jail, mopping floors and assisting the paint crews. He received additional credit because of this work. Every inmate in his circumstance is treated the same for purposes of calculating jail time credit. He looks forward to getting back to work and having a good season."
Benson is entering his seventh NFL season, fourth with the Bengals. He has rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of the past two seasons and scored 14 total touchdowns over that period. He is the projected starter at running back and is expected to have a big workload with a rookie, Andy Dalton, starting at quarterback.