Dolphins Reinstate Linebacker Lawrence Timmons

Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons was reinstated Tuesday and will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Timmons had been suspended indefinitely after he went AWOL a day before the team’s opener in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dolphins’ Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed to later in the season because of Hurricane Irma.

The Dolphins located Timmons before the game against the Chargers but made him inactive, snapping his streak of 101 consecutive starts.

The suspension lasted just one week, as Timmons missed Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the New York Jets.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase had indicated last week that Timmons could return. Without mentioning Timmons, he said, “I would say that you can be forgiven if the right steps are taken.”

Gase wouldn’t discuss details of Timmons’ situation other than to say that it was a personal matter but affected the team, which led to the suspension.

According to the collective bargaining agreement, Miami could have suspended Timmons for a maximum of four games.


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