The NFL commissioner has handed down his decision on a Cincinnati Bengals receiver who's off-season activity gives head coaches headaches.
Chris Henry has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 season. As a part of the penalty given to the third year receiver, Henry will able to attend team meetings and conduct workouts at the Bengals facility during his suspension.
Henry's suspension is a result of the new NFL player conduct policy that was adopted to try to bring to an end the legal troubles that players in the NFL were getting into off the field. Henry was arrested four times over a 14 month period. Charges against him ranged from DUI charges to a weapon charge. Henry pleaded guilty to all of the different charges and has been placed on probation
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gave Henry the suspension after he and Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, a college teammate of Henry's at West Virginia, had separate meetings with Goo dell in New York City last week to discuss their off-field troubles.
Goodell also gave Jones the same suspension.
Henry served a four game suspension last season after he violated the NFL substance abuse policy.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has received news of Henry's suspension and hopes it will help Henry get on the right track.
"We welcome the Commissioner's ruling," said Lewis in a prepared statement. "While we regret the circumstances that called for it, it's good for both Chris and the Bengals to have the matter resolved. Our team will more forward, and now it is up to Chris to acquire a more mature understanding of his responsibilities as a player for the Bengals and a representative of the NFL."
An article posted on Bengals.com states that Henry will be available for pre-season workouts and games provided he comply with conditions of the agreement with the league which includes required counseling, education and treatment assigned to him under league programs.