Dolphins release Rey Maualuga after arrest for battery

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The Dolphins will release Rey Maualuga after the veteran linebacker was arrested on Saturday morning for battery, according to multiple reports.

Booking mug shot of Reynold Maualuga. Andy Slater of 940-AM reported that Maualuga was at Club E11even in Miami, and allegedly grabbed a victim by the throat after refusing to pay a $40 bar tab.

Rey Maualuga Reportedly to Be Released by Dolphins Following Arrest

Maualuga, 30, was arrested after the incident at E11ven Miami and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a battery charge. Miami hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday. That role had previously been filed by Mike Hull, who was demoted to backup when Maualuga got himself in shape to play. Letting him go left the team with five linebackers.

The Dolphins filled his roster spot by elevating De'Veon Smith from the practice squad. He rushed for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns previous year.

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Maualuga, who was signed August 19, played in six games with four starts.

Following his rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals, Maualuga was arrested on a DUI charge in January 2010.

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