DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins signed Rey Maualuga more than a month ago, but have yet to reap the benefit.
Maualuga missed practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, after missing Miami’s first game, at the L.A. Rams.
On Wednesday, Maualuga said he’s feeling no pain but is waiting for coach Adam Gase to say he can regain activity.
“Health is good,” Maualuga said. “Health is great. I got a little boo boo with the hamstring and it’s not something to be messed with, obviously. I can feel good. But if coaches see that my health is more important than being out there on the field, then I’m obviously going to respect (Gase’s) decision and just keep strengthening the hamstring and getting it better. But I feel good. I feel there is no soreness whatsoever. So I’m just going to take it day by day and then whenever he’s ready for me to get back on the field, I’m all for it.”
The Dolphins signed Maualuga to help fill the void left by injured rookie Raekwon McMillan. But now with Lawrence Timmons indefinitely suspended, it would seem the impetus for Maualuga to return is even greater.
“Signing with the team, I knew that my help was needed,” Maualuga said. “Or obviously I wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t the case. But that situation, we’ve got a lot of playmakers in the room that will step up when their number is called. They’ll step up and do what’s needed to help the team win. But as for my situation I’m going to take it day by day. I want to rush to be out there and compete with my teammates and get everyone on the same page as far as me being in there and then getting to know how I play and how I act. Just to get a feel for how it is in the lineup and running around. That just has to be on hold until coach gives me the OK to get on the field.”
After his arrival, Maualuga said he needed to work into game-ready physical condition. Missing practice time with a hamstring injury isn’t helping his cause.