Dolphins sign LB Rey Maualuga to one-year deal

The Dolphins have signed veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga to a one-year deal, the team announced Saturday in a move first reported by the Palm Beach Post.

With this week’s season-ending injury to 2017 second-round draft pick Raekwon McMillan, the Dolphins needed to bring aboard a linebacker for depth purposes. With Maualuga, though, the Dolphins get more than just depth.

Head of School Neal Brown said Green Acres, a school of about 320 students ages 3 through eighth grade, has at least one Native American family that has felt distress due to the Redskins moniker that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deemed disparaging in 2014 when it revoked the team’s trademark.

“We want to approach this with children in a very age-appropriate and sensitive way. We’re in no way trying to vilify anyone for rooting for the local football team because, in truth, I root for the local football team,” Brown said. “I think it’s only honest to acknowledge the times when the need to be respectful and thoughtful and sensitive overrides people’s ability to express themselves as they’d like.”

The Redskins and owner Dan Snyder, who has vehemently defended the mascot, have yet to comment.

Rivers, a third-round pick out of Youngstown State, was injured on a kickoff coverage drill during the Patriots’ joint practice with the Texans on Wednesday in West Virginia. The team sent him back to Boston for more testing and apparently the results were not good.

Rivers had 41 sacks in his college career, including 14 last fall as a senior. The Patriots were counting on him to be a regular contributor up front, if not necessarily a starter right out of the gate.

With the rookie out of the mix, the depth chart at defensive end is looking thin: Kony Ealy, Trey Flowers, Geneo Grissom and Caleb Kidder, the latter an undrafted free agent. That could mean the Patriots are in the market for veteran help at the position as the regular season approaches.
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