Dolphins coach Adam Gase says cutting Rey Maualuga “wasn’t very hard”

Rey Maualuga’s time with the Dolphins ended abruptly and in disgrace. (AP)

MIAMI GARDENS—In a season of embarrassing off-field snafus, the Dolphins ran into another one Saturday morning with the arrest of linebacker Rey Maualuga on a battery charge.

Maualuga, who the team signed in August after losing second-round pick Raekwon McMillan, was taken into custody shortly before Miami players were expected to arrive at the facility for a walk-through, and the team wasted no time cutting him.

“That was the decision we came to,” coach Adam Gase said after today’s 30-20 loss to Tampa Bay. “Wasn’t very hard.”

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Maualuga was a starter, but played only about 40 percent of the defensive snaps the past two weeks because Miami didn’t use him when it was in nickel defense. He had 23 tackles in six games.

Undrafted rookie Chase Allen replaced him in the starting lineup against the Buccaneers.

As a ninth-year veteran, Maualuga was thought to be one of the more stable elements of the Dolphins’ locker room. He was a solid player and was very popular with his teammates.

“It’s sad, man,” safety Michael Thomas said. “That’s my guy. I hate to see that happen to anyone. I’ve reached out to him just trying to make sure he’s alright and I’m waiting for a response.

“He’s a likable guy, great teammate, great in the locker room, worked hard on the field. There wasn’t too much not to like about him. That’s tough.”

Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake also expressed disappointment over Maualuga’s situation, but declined to say much about his departure.

“I don’t know the whole situation, the whole story,” Suh said. “I’ve heard bits and pieces of it. I think Rey is a great guy. I’ve known him since 2004. I think he’s smart. Unfortunately, some people make mistakes, but I don’t know the whole situation so I can’t really comment on it.

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