Linebacker Rey Maualuga still isn’t practicing with Miami Dolphins

LB Rey Maualuga doesn’t appear likely to make his Dolphins debut this week. (Getty Images)

OXNARD, Calif. — The Rey Maualuga watch continues.

Maualuga continued to do conditioning work on the side Thursday as the Dolphins practiced for their season-opener Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Maualauga, the former Bengals veteran linebacker signed as a free agent, may still be working to get down to playing weight. Coach Adam Gase has not confirmed Maualuga has reached that point yet.

Maualuga also has a hamstring injury.

“That kind of came up last week when we were ending the week of practice,” Gase said. “We had a little bit of a setback. We’re going to keep working on him, strengthening him, getting him ready. We’re looking at this thing as duration. We’ve got a long ways to go. We’ve got a couple of new guys at that position right now so we’re trying to get everybody caught up to speed as fast as possible.”

Gase wouldn’t flat-out declare Maualuga out for the Chargers game.

“We’ll see how this week goes but I can’t give you a definite answer right now,” Gase said.

Running back Jay Ajayi, who has a knee problem, made it through the entire practice Wednesday and was participating in the portion of the Thursday workout open to the media.

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