Sports Briefs

Published 1:11 am Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bengals’ LB Maualuga out with ankle injury

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga expects to miss at least one more game because of a sprained left ankle.

Maualuga was hurt during practice last week and was inactive for a 27-17 win over Indianapolis on Sunday. He said on Tuesday that tests found no fracture, and doctors diagnosed a third-degree sprain that will likely sideline him for at least one more game. The Bengals (4-2) have their bye week, then play at Seattle.

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He’ll wear a pink cast on the left leg for a few more days, then try to start rehabilitation.

Browns ink Ogbonnaya for backup help at RB

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn’t make a trade, but they made a move.

With running back Peyton Hillis nursing a hamstring injury, the club signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya to their active roster from Houston’s practice squad.

The team also waived rookie running back Armond Smith, clearing a roster spot for Ogbonnaya (O-BONN-I-ah), who played in two games for the Texans this season.

Ogbonnaya can give the Browns protection until Hillis gets completely healthy after straining his left hamstring during the first half of Sunday’s loss to Oakland.

An MRI taken Monday showed Hillis hurt his leg, debunking speculation he was benched during the game by coach Pat Shurmur.

NFL reduces Benson’s suspension to 1 game

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals running back Cedric Benson received a reduced one-game suspension from the NFL on Tuesday for his misdemeanor assault cases settled before the season.

Benson originally received a three-game suspension for the incidents, but appealed on grounds that he wasn’t under contract with any NFL team when his latest arrest occurred. Benson’s lawyer also argued that NFL players were locked out when Benson was arrested in Texas last July, so he wasn’t subject to discipline from the league.

The league rejected his arguments, but reduced the penalty to a one-game suspension without pay and a fine equaling another game check.

Toledo resigns as Tulane’s head coach

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane athletic director RickDickson said Tuesday head football coach Bob Toledo has resigned.

Former offensive line coach Mark Hutson has been named interim coach for Tulane’s remaining six games. Hutson was the interim head coach at Eastern Illinois in 2006.

The 65-year-old Toledo, a former head coach at UCLA, took over at Tulane in 2007., was 13-35 in his first four years and 2-5 this year.