The NFL won't punish Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson for his off-season arrest involving an alleged bar fight in Texas.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Friday that he's satisfied Benson understands his responsibilities as an NFL player and a public figure. Benson met with Goodell and other league officials last week.The decision didn't seem to surprise Benson, who came away from the meeting optimistic.
"A lot of questions came up and everyone was wondering," Benson said, following practice Friday. "We had a good discussion. I didn't think a suspension would come about afterward, but I was curious to see what his final decision would be. Here we go off to the season, and I'll be out there for week one."
Benson is the focal point of a running game that helped the Bengals win the AFC North last season. He ran for 1,251 yards in 13 games, missing three because of a strained hip.
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"Cedric has committed to working hard to make better decisions and avoid any further incidents," Goodell said. "We support him and expect him to be successful in meeting this commitment."
Police in Austin charged Benson with misdemeanor assault last month for allegedly punching a bar employee in the face. Benson has denied the charge.
Cowboys rookie Bryant out 4-6 weeks
Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant is going to be out four to six weeks with a high right ankle sprain. The first-round draft pick injured his ankle near the end of practice Friday when he became entangled with cornerback Orlando Scandrick while trying to catch a pass that was thrown behind him.
The team announced a couple of hours later, after Bryant had been evaluated, that the first-round pick would be out for a while.
Ravens lose Foxworth for season
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth will miss the 2010 season with a knee injury, further weakening a secondary already depleted by injuries. Foxworth tore the ACL in his right knee Thursday during an orientation practice.
"I was just running and tried to change directions, something I've done a million times in my career. This time, it just didn't work," Foxworth said Friday. "It wasn't anything odd. It happened on grass."
Foxworth had four interceptions last season. He started all 16 games and both of Baltimore's playoff games.
Stallworth back after 2009 suspension
Donte' Stallworth is playing professional football again for the first time since December 2008. The new Ravens wide receiver donned shoulder pads on Friday, his first action since pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter last year. Stallworth said he intends to "move forward" and "try to continue my life as a I know it."
In March 2009, the former Browns standout was driving in Florida when his car struck and killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes. Stallworth served 24 days in jail and was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2009 season.
Around the league
Vikings: All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson reported for the first day of training camp determined to put his problems holding onto the football behind him. Peterson has fumbled 20 times, losing 13 of them, over the past three years. "It's all mental," Peterson said. "Basically it's that simple. Just mentally being aware of my surroundings at all times. Knowing guys are definitely throwing those extra punches to knock it out."
■ Vikings receiver Sidney Rice and cornerback Cedric Griffin are starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Rice, who had a breakout season last year, has a lingering hip injury. Griffin broke his left leg in the NFC title game.
Texans: All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson participated in the team's first training camp workout on Friday, setting aside his still unresolved contract situation. He wants a new deal even though he has five years left on his $60 million contract, but he also said he didn't want to become a team distraction by holding out. Johnson led the NFL with 1,569 receiving yards in 2009 and topped 100 catches for the third time in four years.
Redskins: Two-time All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was not allowed to participate in practice after failing his conditioning test for the second day in a row.
Chargers: San Diego went through its first full-squad practice of training camp without four star players. Running back Ryan Mathews, the heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson, hasn't signed a contract yet. Also missing are outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, left tackle Marcus McNeill and Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson. They are unhappy about their status as restricted free agents.
Chiefs: Safety Eric Berry, the fifth overall pick in last spring's draft out of Tennessee, posted on his Twitter account that he had reached a deal with Kansas City. A spokesman for the Chiefs said that until the club announced something, there is nothing official.
Packers: Safety Atari Bigby was one of three players who failed a physical examination on Friday, Coach Mike McCarthy said. Bigby reported to camp with the rest of the team Friday, but his ankle bothered him during his physical.
Jets: Laveranues Coles is back with the Jets for the third time. The veteran wide receiver signed a one-year contract with the team he played for from 2000-02 and 2005-08. The 32-year-old Coles spent last season with Cincinnati.
Giants: Former first-round draft pick Ike Hilliard and Super Bowl hero David Tyree retired as members of the Giants. Tyree will always be remembered for his one-handed catch against his helmet in the 2008 Super Bowl. He signed a one-day contract and retired Thursday. Hilliard, who played for New York from 1997-2004, signed his one-day contract and retired Friday.