As the Bengals prepare to face the 0-4 Colts at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday, and unleash their #1 defense against a reeling Colts offense, the team did get a bit of bad news when starting middle linebacker Rey Maualuga was listed as out with an ankle sprain.
Back-up linebacker and special teamer Dan Skuta will take his place in the starting line-up. Maualuga has been playing very well of late after a slow start, and every great defense had a strong presence in the middle, but Marvin Lewis seems unfazed. “He’s a guy that’s basically flourished in every opportunity he’s been given,” Lewis said.
Hobson notes that it appears to be a severe sprain, and that these can take 2 to 4 weeks to heal.
If it had to happen, now’s a good time, with the Bengals facing Indianapolis’ 30th-ranked running game which should be even worse without starting back Joseph Addai, who’s questionable with a hamstring. After the Colts game, the Bengals have a week off before heading to Seattle for an October 30th tilt with the Seahawks.
Maualuga was the only starter listed as anything below probable on the injury report for the Bengals. WR Ryan Whalen, a typical gameday inactive, is doubtful. DB Kelly Jennings and OLB Dontay Moch are questionable. S Chris Crocker, TE Donald Lee, and RB Brian Leonard are all probable.