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A month ago, it appeared that NFL players had learned from the experiences of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  Memorial Day weekend came and went without a single arrest.

But that doesn’t mean it came without any incidents.

Bengals running back Cedric Benson has been arrested in Austin, Texas for an assault that allegedly occurred on May 30, according to Tom Plohetski of  He allegedly punched a bar employee in the face at Annie’s West.

Benson faces charges of assault with injury.  He has posted bail.

A top-five pick of the Bears in 2005, Benson’s tenure in Chicago ended two years ago, after Benson was arrested for drunk boating and drunk driving within a relatively short time frame.

The latest incident comes at a time when Benson hopes to get a new contract from the Bengals.

Benson joined the Bengals during the 2008 season, and he played well enough to land a two-year deal, after testing the free-agent market.  He’s due to earn a base salary of $2.65 million in 2010.