Dolphins waive veteran Maualuga after arrest

Caldey Abbey

The Miami Dolphins announced they have waived Rey Maualuga after the veteran linebacker was arrested early Saturday morning, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It was unclear if Maualuga had retained an attorney or what the circumstances were surrounding the arrest. According to The Associated Press, court records in Miami-Dade County show an open battery case against Maualuga, though no other information was listed about that matter Saturday.

His overnight arrest was first reported by Pro Football Talk.

The Dolphins acquired Maualuga, 30, during training camp after he played eight years for the Bengals, including two seasons with current Miami defensive coordinator Matt Burke.

Maualuga had 23 tackles for the Dolphins this season in six games, four of them being starts.

The Dolphins could turn to Mike Hull at middle linebacker for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Running back De’Veon Smith was promoted off the practice squad to fill Maualuga’s spot on the active roster.

ESPN’s James Walker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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