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Cedric Benson | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/28/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 227
College: Texas
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on NFL Insiders Friday that free agent Cedric Benson is "in retirement mode."
Benson is 30 years old and coming off a Lisfranc fracture, so it's not surprising he's seriously considering hanging up the cleats. If this is truly it for the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Benson will finish his eight-year career with 1,600 carries for 6,017 yards (3.8 YPC) and 32 rushing touchdowns. Fri, Aug 30, 2013 03:43:00 PM

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Free agent Cedric Benson only met with the Packers Wednesday for a checkup on his surgically repaired foot.

USA Today reports the Packers will not re-sign Benson today, although they're keeping tabs on him and may at a later date. We're interested to see whether Green Bay emerges from the draft with a big-time back. GM Ted Thompson hasn't used a top-two round pick on a tailback since '07 (Brandon Jackson).
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 04:46:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Cedric Benson is "almost healed" from his Lisfranc operation, and will meet with the Packers on Wednesday.

Schefter has been on the Benson beat this offseason. Benson was a popular deep-sleeper in fantasy leagues last season, but averaged just 3.5 yards per carry before going down. He wouldn't be more than a spare part if brought back for a second year in Green Bay.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 05:30:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, free agent RB Cedric Benson (foot) is "getting closer" to 100 percent.

Benson underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc sprain in late November. It's the kind of injury that players have a hard time recovering from -- especially plodding 30-year-old running backs. Over the last three seasons, Benson has managed just 3.64 YPC and is rarely a factor in the passing game. Running-back needy teams like the Packers and Cowboys should be viewing him as mere depth.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 09:55:00 AM

ESPN Dallas suggests the Cowboys could have interest in free agent Cedric Benson.

Benson is still dealing with a Lisfranc injury and hasn't received any interest this offseason. With the Cowboys looking to add depth behind DeMarco Murray, Benson could serve as cheap veteran insurance. Dallas now has $5 million in cap space after they extended Tony Romo.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 08:48:00 PM

Fox Sports Wisconsin believes there is a "40 percent chance" impending free agent Cedric Benson is back with the Packers in 2013.

Beat writer Paul Imig classifies Benson as a "solid backup plan" should GM Ted Thompson not be able to find a quality back in the upcoming draft. Imig thinks all three of DuJuan Harris, James Starks, and Alex Green return for another year, but says Benson could be the cheap veteran who comes back if the aforementioned three don't perform. He seems to rule out the Packers even attempting to sign a Rashard Mendenhall or Steven Jackson, who will command higher dollars.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 07:09:00 PM

Impending free agent Cedric Benson has been charged with violating an ordinance prohibiting animals running at large.

Benson's pair of Rottweilers allegedly attacked calves owned by his neighbors, "causing very deep wounds and possibly tendon damage" in their legs. He got another charge when his dogs were found running loose in the neighborhood two weeks ago. Benson acknowledged that he's "having a hard time keeping them contained." We suspect the incident won't affect Benson's free-agent stock, but it certainly can't help a player with myriad past off-field woes.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 08:17:00 AM

Impending free agent Cedric Benson wants to return to the Packers in 2013.

"Hopefully upstairs feels the same way," said Benson. "A contending team and a team that takes pride in being precise and executing and doing things correct; I'm all for it." The 30-year-old is coming off a Lisfranc fracture that required surgery and still has him in a walking boot. Benson isn't expected to be re-signed as the Packers look to overhaul their backfield.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 05:36:00 PM

Free agent Cedric Benson is considered "doubtful" to be re-signed by the Packers for 2013.

Benson, 30, is coming off a Lisfranc fracture and won't be available for at least part of the offseason. Although he was Green Bay's most effective running back in 2012, the Packers appear to be searching for a longer-term solution.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:05:00 PM

Cedric Benson is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a Lisfranc sprain.

He'll remain on injured reserve through the playoffs. "I thought Benson was playing very well each and every week [before the injury]," said coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers will continue to use an ineffective three-man, fantasy-draining rotation of James Starks, Alex Green, and John Kuhn. GM Ted Thompson's reluctance to part with a mid-round pick for a veteran back at the trade deadline could come back to haunt the Packers. Benson will approach 2013 free agency as a 30-year-old back coming off Lisfranc surgery, which means he will spend another offseason waiting for a team to get desperate before showing serious interest.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 02:26:00 PM

Per the Press-Gazette, there's "growing concern" that Cedric Benson (foot) won't be able to return this season.

Benson is eligible to come off injured reserve for Week 14, but that's not going to happen. His Lisfranc sprain does not appear to be healing as the Packers have expected and he's admitted that surgery is a possibility. We'll know more by the end of the week, but James Starks and Alex Green are preparing to carry the load the rest of the way.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 10:45:00 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy does not expect Cedric Benson (foot, I.R./designated for return) to begin practicing when eligible this week.

McCarthy said the Packers would have additional information on Benson tomorrow, which beat writers surmised could be bad news. On the other hand, the coaching staff may simply be waiting for a medical update on his progress. We should have more clarity by Wednesday evening.
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 06:06:00 PM

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R. designated for return) hasn't ruled out surgery.

Uh oh. Benson is eligible to return in Week 14, but that's suddenly looking very shaky. He's going to visit a specialist later this month. Lisfranc injuries are among the toughest to come back from in football, and often necessitate surgery. Perhaps CedBen can put off going under the knife until the offseason, but owners can no longer assume he'll play again this season. His status should be updated in the coming days. If Benson ends up being done for 2012, the Pack will be left with perhaps the league's worst backfield duo in James Starks and Alex Green.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 05:08:00 PM

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R. designated for return) is aiming for a Dec. 16 return for the Packers' away game against the Bears.

It's Week 15. "Cedric had the opportunity to have some testing done (recently) and everything’s positive. His rehab has picked up," coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Friday. Benson hasn't put a timeline on his return, but did say that he's confident he'll play before the season is over. "I’m kind of looking and thinking the Bears game," Benson said, though the team has left the door open for a possible Week 14 return for the Packers' home tilt against the Lions.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 12:30:00 PM

Cedric Benson (foot, I.R./designated for return) says his health is currently at "65 percent," but isn't putting a timetable on his return.

"We don't have a start-up date exactly when he's going to be ready," coach Mike McCarthy conceded. "We had some good news in the past seven days." Eligible to return in Week 14, Benson says he's unwilling to hurry back because it's not in the best interest of himself or the Packers. "If I try to rush it, it can really affect me," Benson said. "So I think it’s in my best interest as the team’s as well and my contribution to the team to come back when it’s ready to come back."
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 03:59:00 PM

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