AUSTIN, Texas — Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson has begun serving a 20-day jail term in Texas to settle two misdemeanor assault cases.
The former Texas star was sentenced Monday in Austin and had planned to surrender Oct. 17, during Cincinnati's bye week. Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late Tuesday.
Benson's jail time could be shortened with possible credit for time served when arrested.
The 28-year-old Benson was arrested in 2010 for allegedly punching a bar employee in Austin, an incident that earned him a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but resulted in no punishment. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with injury in that case.
He also was 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 led the Bengals in rushing each of the last three years — 747 yards in 2008, 1,251 yards in 2009 and 1,111 yards in 2010.
■ Left tackle Andrew Whitworth got a two-year contract extension on Wednesday that could keep him with the Bengals through 2015. The deal recognizes his standing as the team's best offensive lineman and one of its leaders. He's the first Bengals player to get a contract extension since the NFL lockout ended.
Johnson to fans: Shut up
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans running back Chris Johnson seems to be finding out about the downside of Twitter during his contract holdout.Johnson tweeted Wednesday to "fake Titan fans" to shut up. Fans are calling him greedy and saying his demands are too high.
Johnson went on to write, "I don't have a regular job so don't compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I'm greedy."
Johnson has more than 441,000 followers on Twitter. He has refused to report until he gets a new contract. The Titans say they are willing to make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but no deal has been reached.
The Titans' opener is Sept. 11 in Jacksonville.
Gore gets extension
SAN FRANCISCO — Frank Gore signed his three-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, keeping the two-time Pro Bowl running back with the team through 2014.
Gore agreed Tuesday to the $21 million deal, with $13.5 million in guaranteed money. In what was to be the final year of his contract, Gore had hoped to land a new deal before the Niners' Sept. 11 season opener at home against the defending NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks — and he got it.
The 28-year-old Gore missed the final five games of 2010 after fracturing his right hip in a Monday night game at Arizona on Nov. 29. He is fully healthy and begins the year third on San Francisco's all-time rushing list, needing 931 yards to become No. 1.
Ochocinco not frustrated
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Chad Ochocinco wants to get that look from Tom Brady, that quick glance down the line of scrimmage from quarterback to receiver that sends silent instructions.
"That look," said Ochocinco, a Patriot for just five weeks, "that look, man, is special and I've seen him do it a couple of times before I was even here."
That connection takes time to develop. The most important work is done in practice.
So Brady and Ochocinco may not get to use it, if they play at all, in New England's final exhibition game Thursday night against the New York Giants. But Ochocinco, who spent the past 10 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, isn't frustrated that he's caught just two passes during the pre-season.
"Frustration's a waste of time," he said. "It's a waste of energy."