DAVIE — Lawrence Timmons isn’t a Steeler anymore.
Ryan Shazier no longer is a teammate.
It does not matter.
When Timmons saw the horrific play in which Shazier, a Steelers linebacker, suffered a severe spinal injury while making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, the shockwaves traveled all the way back to South Florida.
“It killed me,” Timmons told The Post on Friday afternoon in his first public comments on Shazier.
For three seasons, Timmons lined up alongside Shazier. So like many, Timmons immediately feared this was no ordinary injury by the way Shazier rolled over and sent a distress signal for help.
“Everything was self-explanatory, especially with somebody you played with,” Timmons said. “Anytime you play a football season with someone — everybody knows. There’s extra sentiment there.”
Timmons texted Shazier, hoping to raise his spirits. Shazier had spinal surgery but remains at UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh and is beginning physical rehabilitation.
“I texted him a few times but I haven’t really talked to him,” Timmons said. “But he’ll do better to be with family right now.
“But the love is definitely there.”
Timmons overlapped with Shazier for three seasons in Pittsburgh before joining the Dolphins as a free agent for this season.
Shazier played high school ball 6 1/2 miles from the Dolphins’ training facility, at Plantation High, and was the Steelers’ first-round draft choice in 2014. He started five games as a rookie, then became a starter, making 55 tackles two years in a row alongside Timmons. Shazier had 68 tackles this season.
‘I wish all the love and care and health in the world to him.’ — Lawrence Timmons, on former teammate Ryan Shazier
Timmons said he knew from the start that the Steelers had drafted somebody special.
“You could tell,” Timmons said. “He was always gifted, 4.3 speed. I mean, the kid had it all.”
That includes a veteran linebacker to show him the way.
“We were close,” Timmons said. “I talk to him all the time. I always tried to help him because I was the older guy. But he bloomed to such a great athlete. He had a very strong will, coming from a Christian family. I have nothing but good things to say about him. It just sucks it happened to a guy like that.”
Neither Shazier nor the Steelers have addressed whether he can eventually resume playing, although, of course, that’s secondary at the moment.
“I wish all the love and care and health in the world to him,” Timmons said.
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