The Miami Dolphins suspended starting outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely, the team announced on Tuesday. Timmons went AWOL from the team unexpectedly this past weekend and did not play in Sunday’s 19-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Timmons signed a two-year, $10 million contract in March but has not played a regular-season game.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase is still upset with Timmons for abandoning the team without notice Saturday night, and he is not yet satisfied with any of the explanations he has received.
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The 31-year-old, a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl-winning team in 2009, was reportedly found at Los Angeles International Airport preparing to board a plane to Pennsylvania. One report said Timmons had been travelling to see his baby daughter.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase deflected questions about Timmons absence during a briefing with reporters on Monday, refusing to say whether the player would be available this weekend.
Backup linebacker and special-teamer Chase Allen started in place of Timmons and had four tackles against the Chargers.
However, the most likely in-house replacement moving forward is veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga, who signed last month but reportedly joined the team overweight.