It looks like the Cincinnati Bengals will be playing without middle linebacker Rey Maualuga for about a month with two different injuries.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Maualuga, who was carted of the field in Sunday’s win against the Jets, will miss three to four weeks with a sprained MCL.
Maualuga also suffered a concussion, but it looks like he will be cleared to return from it before he recovers from the MCL.
This is bad news for the Bengals, who have started Maualuga every game for the past two seasons, but at least they won’t miss him for the rest of the year.
Based on the timetable Schefter reported, Maualuga will be sidelined for games against the Miami Dolphins next week, and the back-to-back AFC North divisional games against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, before the Bengals have their bye week. While this is a long stretch to be missing a starter, these are each winnable games for the Bengals with or without the 26-year-old linebacker.
Maualuga’s should return just in time for the Bengals play the San Diego Chargers on December 1.
Maualuga has 51 combined tackles and no sacks for the Bengals this season. In his five-year career, the linebacker has 399 combined tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, and six forced fumbles.