GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Linebacker Rey Maualuga of the Cincinnati Bengals has been fined two game checks by the NFL and will forfeit an additional portion of his signing bonus for 2010 for a drunk-driving violation.
Maualuga was fined by the NFL on Tuesday under the league's substance abuse policy. He will forfeit two weeks' worth of his 2010 bonus, as well.
The second-year player from Southern California pleaded guilty to drunken driving in February and received a suspended sentence. Police said he hit a parking meter and two parked cars in northern Kentucky. He was charged with drunken and careless driving.
The NFL was considering a one-game suspension for Maualuga but decided against it after listening to the arguments of his attorney, David Cornwell, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The 2009 second-round pick had a productive rookie season for the reigning AFC North champions, recording 63 tackles and one sack.
But the Jan. 29 incident put a blemish on his fast start. He ended up with two years' probation and a revoked driver's license.
He underwent treatment at a Charleston, S.C., facility while working to improve his left ankle that was fractured in December.