The Miami Dolphins waived Rey Maualuga on Saturday after the veteran linebacker was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge earlier in the morning.
The team announced the move without comment on the legal situation.
Maualuga had 23 tackles for the Dolphins this season in six games, four of them being starts.
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The Dolphins (4-5) likely will turn to either Mike Hull or Chase Allen at middle linebacker for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Maualuga’s arrest is another chapter in a crazy season for Miami that also included former offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigning following a video surfacing of him snorting a white, powdery substance and Maualuga’s fellow linebacker Lawrence Timmons going AWOL before Miami’s Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The meme from the popular children’s TV show has now spilled into the NFL world, with Jaguars safety Jalen Ramsey having the image painted on his cleats.
It’s fitting that Ramsey chose this week to wear the Deion Sanders Authentic Jersey cleats, since the Jaguars will be in Cleveland to take on the winless Browns.
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It wouldn’t be surprising if the mood for Jacksonville after this game is a good one.
As the league’s TV ratings and favorability polls have drifted downward this autumn, a growing number of owners have expressed their dissatisfaction with Goodell’s stewardship: He has not held many executives accountable despite a long line of mishandled crises; even with tens of millions of dollars invested in new executives and consultants, Goodell still has not managed to resolve high-profile cases of player discipline without embarrassing legal battles; behind closed doors, even perfunctory policy decisions, like the posting of game highlights on Twitter, have become bitter showdowns among owners and executives.