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Dolphins suspend LB Timmons indefinitely

The Miami Dolphins suspended starting outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely, the team announced on Tuesday.

Timmons went AWOL from the team unexpectedly this past weekend and did not play in Sunday’s 19-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Timmons signed a two-year, $10 million contract in March but has not played a regular-season game.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports that Dolphins coach Adam Gase is still upset with Timmons for abandoning the team without notice Saturday night, and he is not yet satisfied with any of the explanations he has received.

So while the Dolphins have decided to suspend Timmons indefinitely, sources tell Darlington that they have not made any more firm decisions beyond that, in terms of how long the suspension will last. The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to suspend a player for up to four games for detrimental conduct.

That doesn’t mean Timmons will face all four games, a source tells Darlington.

The Dolphins have been quiet on details of why Timmons left the team over the weekend. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Timmons was dealing with a “a personal matter” and was scheduled to meet Monday with doctors to try to figure out what is wrong.

Backup linebacker and special-teamer Chase Allen started in place of Timmons and had four tackles against the Chargers.

However, the most likely in-house replacement moving forward is veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga, who signed last month but reportedly joined the team overweight.

Maualuga is close to working himself back into football shape and was an eight-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In light of Timmons’ suspension, the Dolphins acquired LB Stephone Anthony in a trade with the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick. Anthony was a first-round pick for New Orleans in 2015 who has not played yet this year because of an ankle injury.

It has already been a trying start to the season for the Dolphins (1-0). They lost starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) for the year during the first week of training camp and were recently displaced for nine days in California because of Hurricane Irma.

Miami will travel to play the New York Jets (0-2) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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