Bengals' Chris Henry Given Two Game Suspension By NFL

Another suspension is again depleting the ranks of the Cincinnati Bengals roster.

The National Football League has announced that wide receiver Chris Henry is out for two games without pay.  The 23-year-old Henry will also have to pay 20-thousand dollars in fines as a result of a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Henry is not allowed to participate with the team during practices but is allowed to use team facilities and attend team meetings during his suspension.

Henry was deactivated for Cincinnati's loss to the New England Patriots.  Head Coach Marvin Lewis would not say specifically why Henry was deactivated other than to say that Henry was not one of the best receivers that week.

Because this is a bye week for the Bengals, Henry's suspension will not go into effect until the Bengals prepare for Tampa Bay next week.  The third round draft pick in the 2005 draft will also miss a home game against the Carolina Panthers.

The suspension comes after Henry was spotted in a car being driven by Bengals linebacker O'dell Thurman in the early morning hours of September 25th.  Thurman was driving rookie wide receiver Reggie McNeal's SUV and was arrested for drunk driving after crossing the center line and given a field sobriety test which he failed.

When asked who else was in the car, Thurman answered that McNeal and Henry were both in the car but were more intoxicated than he was.

Thurman has been suspended for the season for his second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

As a condition of probation on an earlier charge, Henry was ordered by a Kenton County judge to stay away from alcohol.  There still is no word whether the revelations that Henry was drunk was a violation of his probation.

Report: Cliff Jenkins