By Rory Parks
Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons left the team for unknown reasons and is not expected to play today, as Barry Jackson and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald report.
According to the Herald’s source, something “angered” Timmons and compelled him to leave the team, though the Dolphins do know where he is (Salgeuro tweets that a personal matter is likely at the source of Timmons’ frustration, and not something team-related). The team has declined to comment on the matter for the time being, and Timmons’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he had no information to provide.
Miami signed Timmons to a two-year, $12MM deal this offseason. Timmons had been with the Steelers since being selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2007 draft, and he earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2014. He turned in another solid season in 2016, compiling 114 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two interceptions. The veteran had started every regular season game for the Steelers since 2011, and he hasn’t missed a game since 2009, but that streak will come to an end today.
Timmons’ absence will further deplete a linebacker corps that has already lost Koa Misi and Raekwon McMillan for the season, and, to make matters worse, Rey Maualuga will miss today’s game with a hamstring injury. Justin March-Lillard, who was claimed off waivers on Sept. 3, could get the start in Timmons’ place alongside Kiko Alonso and Mike Hull (who will make just his second career start).
We will provide more details as they become available.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was the first to report that Timmons was not at …read more