Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons was listed as inactive for the National Football League team’s season opener on Sunday after he unexpectedly left one day before the game.
Our sources say the team scrambled to find him – calling family and close friends before ultimately filing a missing persons report with local law enforcement. He had reportedly spoken to the mother of his child and told her his missed the baby and wanted to visit, TMZ reported.
The 31-year-old was at LAX with plans to leave California.
“I need to figure some things out before I talk about this”, Gase said after the win.
The Dolphins got back in contact with Timmons after he went missing from the team’s hotel in Los Angeles, but the veteran player wasn’t at their 19-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Police reportedly found Timmons in the boarding area waiting to take a flight to Pennsylvania to see his baby daughter.
Timmons’ exit left the Dolphins vulnerable at linebacker. Timmons’ agent Drew Rosenhaus was on WSVN Sunday night with Steve Shapiro and said, via Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, that a matter “of a personal nature” caused Timmons’ absence that he expects to discuss with the team in Miami on Monday. According to ESPN.com, the team doesn’t believe that this is CTE-related.
Part of the reason that this is an especially unusual situation is because Timmons nearly never misses a game.
A day later no one clearly knows what is going on with Timmons only that the he is feeling better and wants to play on Sunday against the Jets.