Bengal LB has 7 weeks to reach assault case accord

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- An assault charge against Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (mow-uh-LOO'-guh) has been sent to mediation.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Heather Russell on Thursday gave the player and his accuser until April 26 to work something out after both sides said they were willing.

A bar employee says the three-year NFL veteran punched him in the face at the bar in the early morning hours of Feb. 5.

Maualuga could face jail time if he and the man can't settle the case themselves. He also faces possible NFL suspension.

Maualuga pleaded guilty two years ago to drunken driving in northern Kentucky and the league made him forfeit two game checks and a share of his signing bonus.