With news that quarterback Carson Palmer was traded to the Oakland Raiders clearly headlining the day, the Cincinnati Bengals received additional good news on Tuesday. According to middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, an MRI on his injured ankle only showed a lateral sprain; there was some fear that his ankle could have suffered more serious damage, mostly conjectured after Maualuga showed up at Paul Brown Stadium with a cast on his ankle. That being said his return is currently being defined as week to week.
Maualuga suffered the sprain during Thursday's practice in the lead-up to Cincinnati's week six game against the Indianapolis Colts. Dan Skuta started in his place and posted five tackles during the afternoon. Cincinnati will practice on Tuesday and take the rest of the week off, returning on Monday after the bye week. The Bengals will head to Seattle, playing the Seahawks where Maualuga's former college head coach is now coaching.