Ex-Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons suspended indefinitely by Dolphins after going AWOL

Ex-Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons suspended indefinitely by Dolphins after going AWOL

The Dolphins, facing a pressing need at linebacker with Lawrence Timmons out of the picture, acquired Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for an undisclosed pick in 2018.

The organization filed a missing persons report in Los Angeles, per TMZ, after Timmons was nowhere to be found during routine bed-check the night before the game.

Timmons was expected to start for Miami this season after signing a two-year, $12 million deal.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, a player can only be suspended up to four games for such a violation.

Timmons "was dealing with a "a personal matter" and was scheduled to meet Monday with doctors to try to figure out what is wrong", according to ESPN.

Timmons spent his first 10 years in the National Football League with the Steelers before joining the Dolphins in the offseason. He was the team's starting outside linebacker all throughout training camp and leading into the regular season.

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Lawrence Timmons's future with the Miami Dolphins looks very much in doubt - but head coach Adam Gase wouldn't close the door on it completely.

But in a key statement, Gase didn't rule out Timmons eventually returning to the team.

Gase refused to elaborate on details of Timmons' situation.

The move ended a streak of 120 consecutive games played by Timmons, who hasn't missed a game since 2009 when he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Undrafted rookie Chase Allen started in place of Timmons as the Dolphins registered a 19-17 victory. "I'm not going to get into all of this".

Gase was asked if he had a lot of rules. "We've handled it the way we feel we needed to handle it, and really I don't have anything to add to that".

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