Cedric Benson Arrested on Assault Count in Austin

Sunday, Jul 17, 2011  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Cedric Benson Arrested on Assault Count in Austin

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Cedric Benson #32 of the Chicago Bears looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on September 23, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

NFL running back Cedric Benson is free on bond after his arrest in Austin on an assault count.

The former Texas Longhorns star was arrested early Sunday on a misdemeanor count of assault with bodily injury with family violence. Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade says Austin police arrested him about 6 a.m. Sunday in downtown Austin.

In a statement, Benson attorney Sam Bassett says his client was arrested after "a conflict with a former male roommate" over Benson asking him to leave his home "became physical early this morning."

Wade said Benson posted a $10,000 bond and was released just before 2 p.m. Sunday.

Benson is a free agent after ranking as the Cincinnati Bengals' leading rusher the past three seasons.

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