The Miami Dolphins have suspended linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely, the team announced on Tuesday. Timmons left the team over the weekend prior to their season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. His absence was discovered when he was not in his hotel room for curfew Saturday night, ultimately leading the team to file a missing persons report with Los Angeles area police departments.
Timmons was found at the airport preparing to board a plane for Pennsylvania. A Dolphins staff member was able to join him on the travel.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase earlier in the week was asked how many team rules he has, with the answer being two: be on time and play hard. Timmons’ absence violated those rules, and the team has disciplined Timmons, an 11-year veteran, for that violation.
Timmons joined the Dolphins this offseason, signing a two-year, $12-million contract. He previously spent ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Monday, reports from ESPN indicated Timmons was ready to rejoin the team and wanted to immediately return to play. Indications were something upset the linebacker and he felt he had to get to Pennsylvania to see his child. He is expected to see a doctor, though what the issue could be has not been disclosed.