Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl

Cincinnati Bengals 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.

But Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late Tuesday.

Benson’s lawyer said the running back decided it would be best to serve his sentence before the NFL season begins.

“Mr. Benson is thankful for his supporters in Austin and Cincinnati,” his attorney Sam Bassett said in a statement released to the media. “He is also grateful to the Bengals organization. Cedric looks forward to working hard on and off the field as soon as he is released.”

Benson’s jail time could be shortened with possible credit for time served when arrested.

The 28-year-old was arrested last year for allegedly punching a bar employee. He’s pleaded no contest to assault with injury.

Last month he was accused of punching an ex-roommate. Benson pleaded no contest to assault with bodily injury with family violence. That case will be dismissed if Benson does 30 hours of community service and pays restitution.