Benson before the season opener. (Jason Miller / GETTY IMAGES)

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson reportedly is facing a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s player-conduct code.

Benson, who is expected to be available for the Bengals’ game Sunday against San Francisco, has an appeal hearing Tuesday with the NFL. It is not clear when his suspension would begin if his appeal is unsuccessful, according to ESPN. Yahoo first reported the suspension.

Over the summer, Benson reached plea agreements on two misdemeanor assaults (in unrelated incidents) in Austin, Texas. He was sentenced to 20 days in jail, but was released Sept. 3 after five days because he volunteered for jailhouse housekeeping duties. He has played in the Bengals’ first two games, gaining 180 yards.

On the same day that reports of the suspension surfaced, authorities were investigating the delivery of 2.5 pounds of marijuana to the home of Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson.