CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers after Crabtree made a pass reception at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. San Francisco defeated Cincinnati 13-8. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Bengals starting middle linebacker Rey Maualuga has missed the previous two games after, what's being described as, an ankle sprain during practice on October 13. Backup linebacker Dan Skuta replaced Maualuga against the Indianapolis Colts while Brandon Johnson took a significant number of snaps against the Seattle Seahawks. Maualuga, who is aiming for a week nine return against the Tennessee Titans, said that the leg feels fine, but feels a little stiffness at times. And that recovery took its most encouraging turn on Wednesday.
Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Wednesday that Maualuga will work on the side field today with the linebacker saying that his return will be up to the trainers.
Before his injury Maualuga led the team with 50 tackles, also forcing a fumble and two passes defensed. He led the team in tackles against the Denver Broncos (12), Buffalo Bills (12) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (10). Skuta, his replacement, posted seven tackles against the Indianapolis Colts.