Two years later, Maualuga was charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched an employee at a bar in Cincinnati.
The team announced the move without comment on the legal situation, saying they were promoting running back De'Veon Smith from the practice squad to take Maualuga's roster spot.
Details on Maualuga's arrest have not yet been made available. He was booked at the Turner Guildford Knight Correction Center and appeared in Miami-Dade County Court Saturday afternoon. The team plays against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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The Dolphins will now likely turn to Mike Hull in hopes of finishing out the season.
Maualuga was brought in as a free agent in August after rookie linebacker and projected Dolphins starter Raekwon McMillan was lost for the season with a knee injury.
For the Dolphins the 2017 odd season continues to roll along.
Since joining the Dolphins active roster in early October against the Titans, Maualuga racked up 23 tackles in his six games.