When you can find a montage such as the one above regarding an NFL player, that really speaks for itself in most cases. Often times all you can do is shake your head at the silly mistakes made by professional athletes and Cedric Benson is certainly a prime example of just that. After reviving his career with the Cincinnati Bengals last season with a one-thousand yard season and a trip to the playoffs, it appeared Benson may have finally figured things out in the NFL. He was released from the Chicago Bears in 2008 following a DUI charge for operating his boat while under the influence. Always willing to take a chance on a player, Cincy stepped up to the plate and brought Benson into the fold. With a great year both on and off of the field in the books with the Bengals last year, many pegged Benson as one of the best turnaround stories in recent memory. More »
Man, Cedric Benson either can’t catch a break, or just doesn’t get it. After the fourth overall draft pick (in 2005) was kicked off the Chicago Bears for a few alcohol-related incidents and injury concerns (not to mention the fact that his teammates didn’t particularly like him). He gets a second chance in Cincinnati, where he flashed the potential that made him one of the best running backs to come out of the University of Texas. He set a few Bengals records after signing a 2 year, $7 million contract after the 2008 season. You’d think that he would understand that his leash is short and tenuous, but apparently he doesn’t.
He was arrested for punching a bartender in the face (assault) and posted bail. Now, will any punishment come from the NFL or the Bengals? Who knows, though Cincinnati doesn’t want to be without their star rusher since they have little to no depth behind him. The personal conduct policy should certainly come into play, though after Vince Young’s non-suspension, maybe Benson will get a pass too. He’s saying that the Austin, TX police obtained a warrant to arrest him without hearing his side of the story, so who knows, maybe this is all a misunderstanding. More likely, however, is that Cedric Benson is another NFL player who just doesn’t get it.
The ideas of serious brain trauma from playing the game of football that we all know and love has been discussed at length during this offseason by the NFL. The volume of those conversations is likely to increase a bit more with the evidence found in the autopsy of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. After some microscopic tissue analysis of Henry’s brain, doctor have determined that prior to his death he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy This sort of condition is believed to be caused by repetitive blows to the head causing accumulations of tau proteins in the area of the brain responsible for controlling mood, emotions, and executive functioning. More »
We all remember back last year when Braylon Edwards was a member of the Cleveland Browns, and was dropping pretty much every pass that came his way. Then he decided to go out and get into a little nightclub dispute…..with a man who happened to be a friend of LeBron James. So of course, Edwards was traded a few days later, and is now a member of the New York Jets. He’s catching some passes too. More »
Raise your hand if you’re getting tired of this whole mess involving Redskins’ defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. I’m hoping that a lot of you threw your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Because I know that there’s nothing I hate more than a professional athlete who signs a big ol’ fat check and then does nothing but complain about his current situation. More »
With all of the off-field injuries that have taken place in recent years, players continue to put themselves in harm’s way during the offseason. Although this incident certainly seems more benign than some other activities that have caused players to miss time in the past, this particular activity could violate the terms of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith’s contract. The good news for Carolina is that this isn’t a serious injury in need of excessive rehabilitation and Smith can still train himself to get in football shape with the ailment. Smith had surgery to insert a plate and some screws into the arm to aid the healing process and is expected to make a full recovery by the end of the preseason at the latest.
NFL contracts do not permit players to participate in any organized football outside of a league setting, but since Smith is expected to be back and ready to go in time for the regular season, it is unlikely that the Panthers will take any action. It is believed that Smith was injured during a flag football game at his youth camp over the weekend, but the injury is said to have occurred the day after the camp was supposed to finish up. It remains unclear whether or not Smith was playing in a pick-up game with some adults or just messing around with the kids attending his camp. Regardless of circumstances, the Panthers now have one addition worry to add to their already lengthy list heading into the 2010 season.
Already expected to be reliant on the run this year with a Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams two-headed attack, the Panthers cannot afford to lose their one big playmaker for any extended period of time. A stalwart wideout with the club in Muhsin Muhammad recently announced his retirement leaving the Panthers already with a short depth chart at receiver. Teams may really key in on stopping the ground attack and forcing the Panthers to air it out with inexperienced quarterbacks Matt Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen who will be competing for the starting gig this summer.
The only possible silver lining to this situation for Carolina is the fact that Smith’s injury and presumed absence from training camp means that the younger wideouts on their depth chart will get more reps. Some of the names to look out for include three players drafted this past April in Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, and David Gettis. Of course the Panthers still have Dwayne Jarrett on their roster, but he has been a huge disappointment to this point in his career and may be on his last chance. Some lesser names that could rise up to claim the spot are Trent Guy, Dexter Jackson, Charly Martin, Kenneth Moore, Wallace Wright, and Oliver Young. With their head coach John Fox coaching for his job this season, the road ahead looks awfully bumpy for this franchise in the difficult NFC South division.
Football is a physical sport. It might be the most physical sport out there, with all the constant hits taking place on the field. Luckily, there are various alternatives to the game that we know and love, both on the professional and collegiate levels. One of those alternatives is flag football, which of course, only requires pulling a flag off your opponent instead of leveling them to the ground. However, it looks like we may now have to put flag football is the “physical sport” list. More »
When healthy, New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jammal Brown is among the top tier pass protectors in the league. You can now change the team attached to his name as the always willing to make big offseason splashes Washington Redskins made a deal to acquire the lineman from the Saints over the weekend. Brown and New Orleans were having a bit of a dispute over the lineman’s contract as he was tendered by the team under the final year of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) much like several other unhappy players around the league and didn’t attend voluntary workouts. Although he is coming off of a lost season due to both hip and sports hernia surgeries, Brown is a former first round pick with loads of talent that can presumably still be a force in the NFL as a bookend tackle. More »
It’s always interesting to check out the Forbes poll every year that discusses who the most hated figure in sports is at the time. Last year, the winner was Michael Vick. Which made sense after the whole dog-fighting mess, as it was clear that people did not like the details of all the wrong-doing there. This year, the winner is…..none other than Michael Vick. More »
As a master of its domain in the sports entertainment industry, the business that is the NFL is looking to push its boundaries even further with the continued discussion of regular season expansion. Reports have long been suggested that the league may look to add two regular season contests for what the NFL claims is in the best interest of its fans. The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is set to expire in March of 2011 and that predicament could lead to a work stoppage if there is no progress between the NFL players union and the owners on several fronts. More »
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