DAVIE–Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is suspended indefinitely, and coach Adam Gase has not decided whether he’ll be allowed to rejoin the team.
Timmons, an 11-year veteran, stunningly left the team with no notice prior to its game against the Chargers last weekend and certainly will not be around this week. Gase said he won’t practice and won’t be with the Dolphins for Sunday’s game at the Jets.
When asked generally about veering from the commitment to the team, but obviously with Timmons in mind, Gase said it’s possible for a player to earn his way back into the fold.
“I think every situation’s different, and I would say that you can be forgiven if the right steps are taken,” he said.
Aside from that, Gase insisted he would not discuss Timmons’ situation beyond saying he believes the organization is handling everything correctly.
While Timmons is shelved, the Dolphins have a roster exemption. They used that Tuesday by trading a 2018 fifth-round pick for Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony. Timmons can remain suspended for a maximum of four weeks.
Timmons, 31, came to the Dolphins in free agency this spring after 10 years in Pittsburgh and has nothing like this situation in his past. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract with $11 million fully guaranteed.
Miami was already thin at linebacker and ended up having just four of them dressed against the Chargers. Kiko Alonso, Mike Hull and undrafted rookie Chase Allen started, and recent waiver claim Justin March-Lillard played off the bench. The Dolphins likely would have promoted a practice squad linebacker Trevor Reilly if they’d known about Timmons’ absence before the 4 p.m. deadline Saturday.
Second-round pick Raekwon McMillan, a starter, tore his ACL in the preseason opener, and free agent pickup Rey Maualuga is not yet fit to play.
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