The Miami Dolphins have lifted the indefinite suspension of linebacker Lawrence Timmons, it was reported today, first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The one-week ban came following the linebacker’s disappearance from the team hotel prior to Miami’s Week 2 season debut against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dolphins filed a missing persons report on Timmons before he was discovered preparing to board a plane for Pennsylvania.
After a week of little direct information, it appears Timmons felt he had to fly back to Pennsylvania to see his child. It was also reported that, during the days off given to the Dolphins once their Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, Timmons spent time back in Pittsburgh, where he played the first ten years of his career, including attending the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice and telling former teammates that he wanted to return to the club.
Timmons is expected to make his Dolphins debut in Week 4 when the Dolphins “host” the New Orleans Saints in London. Under NFL rules, the Dolphins could have suspended Timmons for up to four weeks, but they appear to be ready to put the strange incident behind them now.