CARSON, Calif. — Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is not with the team and inactive for the season opener at the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Dolphins are aware of Timmons’ location.
Timmons had started 101 consecutive NFL games, more than any active linebacker. That streak is ending Sunday.
Miami signed Timmons, a hard-hitting veteran who can play the run and the pass and create pressure on opposing quarterbacks, as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.
Timmons’ absence leaves the Dolphins remarkably thin at linebacker.
Kiko Alonso is a starter on the outside with Mike Hull in the inside.
But Miami’s other healthy linebackers are Justin March-Lillard, a special teams ace who recently joined the team, and Chase Allen, an undrafted rookie free agent also expected to be a key special teams contributor.
Allen was listed by the team as Timmons’ replacement in the starting lineup, although the team often goes with two linebackers and five defensive backs.
Rey Maualuga, who was added to the linebacker mix after a season-ending injury to rookie Raekwon McMillan, a projected starter, has a hamstring injury and was already ruled out.