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Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has begun serving a 20-day jail sentence in Texas on a charge of misdemeanor assault.
It had been reported earlier this week that Benson would turn himself into authorities on October 17, the start of the Bengals' bye week, but he reported to the Travis County Sheriff late Tuesday.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had indicated earlier this week that Benson would not play in the team's final preseason game on Thursday against Indianapolis. Cincinnati opens the regular season on September 11 at Cleveland.
Benson, who could receive credit for time served when arrested and have his term shortened, pleaded no contest to an assault charge in a 2010 incident involving an employee in an Austin bar.