The Miami Dolphins reported on Sunday, when news of the departure from the team of linebacker Lawrence Timmons broke, that they knew of the whereabouts of their free agent acquisition. That may have been a true statement at the time, but earlier in the weekend, the Dolphins appear to have been concerned about the location of their starting linebacker. According to a report from TMZ Sports, the Dolphins filed a missing persons report with police in California.
Timmons was discovered to be missing when he was not in his hotel room for team curfew. The team, according to the TMZ report, began calling friends and family close to Timmons to try to find him, but were unable to get any results. They then filed the missing persons report, with police finding Timmons at Los Angeles International Airport, where he was boarding a plane for Pennsylvania. The Dolphins were able to link a team representative with him for the travel.
The TMZ report indicates that something caused Timmons to feel like he had to go see his child in Pennsylvania, leading to the abrupt departure from the team. Timmons is reportedly set to return to the Dolphins and is hoping to be able to play. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Timmons is scheduled to meet with doctors about the situation.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is scheduled to meet with the media at 3pm ET Monday, and should address the situation in more depth.