Report: Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons wanted to return to Steelers

Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is suspended indefinitely. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

NEW YORK–The story of Lawrence Timmons’ sudden departure from the Miami Dolphins is more bizarre than it initially appeared.

As if it wasn’t strange enough that he deserted the team the day before its season opener in California, CBS reports that he was in Pittsburgh the previous week and expressed regret for leaving the Steelers in free agency.

The story says Timmons went to Pittsburgh when the team scattered ahead of Hurricane Irma and showed up somewhat unexpectedly at Steelers practice as they were preparing to face Cleveland. Some former teammates and coach Mike Tomlin were aware that he was coming to the facility, but many in the organization were surprised to see him.

Timmons was reportedly allowed to watch Pittsburgh’s Friday practice from the sideline that week, a highly unusual occurrence given that he plays for another team.

The Dolphins released their players Sept. 6 to get them and their families out of harm’s way, and about half of them did so. The other half and their families were flown to California by owner Stephen Ross.

Miami coach Adam Gase instructed players to report to Oxnard, Calif., by Tuesday for a team meeting, and all 53 players made it. Timmons practiced with the Dolphins for three days before disappearing Saturday. Because of his sudden absence, the Dolphins ended up dressing just four linebackers against the Chargers.

The organization placed Timmons on indefinite suspension, which can last a maximum of four weeks before it has to reinstate or release him. Today’s game against the Jets marks Week 1 of that penalty.

Timmons, who played 10 years with Pittsburgh before signing with Miami last offseason, is on a two-year, $12 million contract with $11 million of that guaranteed. He is being docked pay for missed time during the suspension.

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