Source: Maualuga won't miss program

Updated: February 17, 2010, 11:03 AM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

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Cincinnati Bengals starting linebacker Rey Maualuga, who pleaded guilty to drunken driving early this month, is not expected to miss the start of the team's offseason program on March 29, a source told ESPN.com Wednesday.

Maualuga soon will check into the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The date hasn't been finalized, according to the source. But barring any unexpected setbacks, Maualuga will have enough time to return to Cincinnati and join his teammates by the end of March.

On Jan. 29, Maualuga was arrested after police said he crashed into two parked cars and a parking meter in northern Kentucky. He pleaded guilty days later and received two years' probation, a suspended seven-day jail sentence and had his driver's license revoked for 90 days.

On the field, Maualuga was a rookie standout for the AFC North champion Bengals last season. The former second-round pick from USC was credited with 63 tackles and a sack in 15 games.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com

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