Dolphins suspend Lawrence Timmons indefinitely

AP

The Miami Dolphins have made a decision regarding linebacker Lawrence Timmons. And it’s an aggressive one.

The Dolphins have announced that Timmons has been suspended indefinitely. As a practical matter, the Dolphins definitely can suspend Timmons for up to four weeks without pay.

He’ll lose $58,823 per week (based on a $1 million annual salary), and he’ll potentially be required to refund 4/17th of the 2017 allocation of $5.5 million signing bonus ($647,000). The most also wipes out the remaining guarantees in his contract (he had $11 million fully guaranteed at signing), allowing the team to cut him with no further financial obligation.

While the Dolphins have remained mum about Timmons’ decision to go AWOL while the team was in L.A., they clearly don’t like either what he did or how he handled it, apparently disappearing without telling the team that he’d be leaving. Now, he’ll be leaving for up to four weeks — and maybe for good.

73 responses to “Dolphins suspend Lawrence Timmons indefinitely

  1. Hate to see this happen to Timmons. He was a good linebacker for the steelers and i hope whatever he was dealing with was worth it with the consequences he is now facing.

  2. Too bad he isn’t a Cowboy, Jerry would talk about every OTHER player who was AWOL against the Broncos and ignore the root cause of the behavior altogether.

  3. Damn right, suspend him Without pay. I don’t really care why, if you don’t show up for work and nobody knows why or what, you’re in for some bad news. There are guys in the NFL suspended for ped, other drugs, domestic abuse and other subhuman actions that get a check every two weeks.

  4. justtherealfacts says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Life and family situations are more important then a silly game.

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    Yeah, like he couldn’t just tell the coach he had to deal with life and family situations before taking off?

  5. igotgamenj says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Gase has two rules be on time and play hard !
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    If there’s one thing we learned watching that dumb TO called at the end of the game, is that Gase doesn’t know two rules or how to play.

  6. No one commenting here knows ANYTHING about what happened, or the explanation the player gave (or didn’t give). The one thing we do know is that, for good or bad, we KNOW who the Coach is, and we know he runs things his way.
    I am okay with that.

  7. What did he really do?

    He missed a Saturday before the game.

    Seems to me like an over reaction from a rookie coach who is trying to be Belicheck
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    If you have to ask what he did that was so bad you don’t know what goes into preparations the day before an NFL game. It’s kind of important.

  8. justtherealfacts says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Life and family situations are more important then a silly game.
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    This is a very true statement but, I don’t know many people that can just walk off their job without saying anything and expect to be employed when they decide to return. At least he could have told his employers about your issue and they may be able to assist you. The could have given him an excused absence due to personal reasons.

  9. Timmons had a record of solid reliability only missing 2 games in ten years and then suddenly falls off the planet? There’s just too much unknown here. But that solid organization in Miami couldn’t wait to throw him under the bus, down the road it might be enough to make a veteran considering similar offers think twice about signing there.

  10. usttherealfacts says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Life and family situations are more important then a silly game.
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    That’s fine, but don’t expect your employer to pay you to not do your job while you’re gone

  11. Take away his pay for the game and move on, unless you think you hes not worth the cash you paid and your looking for a easy out.

    If this was Tom Brady he would be playing this week with no questions even asked by the team. Oh maybe, are you felling better Tommy?

  12. I bet they cut him at the end of 4 weeks, he is still very solid but isnt worth that 11M guaranteed. They can always resign him for league min as his stock has drastically dropped.

  13. streetyson says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    igotgamenj says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Gase has two rules be on time and play hard !
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    If there’s one thing we learned watching that dumb TO called at the end of the game, is that Gase doesn’t know two rules or how to play.
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    He did it so SD couldn’t kill the clock incase they made the field goal giving us a chance on the kickoff. Think before you post jabs.

  14. magnumpimustache says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    What did he really do?

    He missed a Saturday before the game.

    Seems to me like an over reaction from a rookie coach who is trying to be Belicheck

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And I suppose you just blow off a day of work whenever you want to without calling in?

  15. magnumpimustache says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    What did he really do?

    He missed a Saturday before the game.

    Seems to me like an over reaction from a rookie coach who is trying to be Belicheck
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    1) He missed the Saturday before the game

    2) Also missed the Sunday of the game because he wasn’t even in California on Sunday

    3) Gase is not a rookie coach, and already made the playoffs with half the roster he has now last season

    These haters mannnnnn they reach for the stars!

  16. Life and family stuff ARE more important than football yes-BUT, when you abandon your team that paid you millions and don’t tell anyone that you’re leaving, it’s a completely different situation. If he had simply gone to Gase and explained the situation, he surely would have let him go. When someone in the real world walks away from their job they are terminated. Sick and tired of overpaid athletes thinking the problems are bigger than everyone else’. Timmons handled it incorrectly and I applaud Gase for having a “No one is more important than the team” attitude.

    Oh and by the way, Gase isn’t a rookie coach. Just like to point that out. And he’s not trying to be like Belichick. Gase is still undefeated this season…lol.

  17. Teams have the authority to suspend a player for up to four weeks without pay, but deactivation with pay is included in that limit. Since Timmons was inactive last week, the most the Dolphins can suspend him for three weeks. So the Dolphins have to decide in three weeks whether or reinstate or cut him, or expect a grievance.

  18. Personal (family) issue or personal “problem”? One you inform SOMEONE in the organization. The other will come out soon enough.

    In either case, he handled it as poorly as possible & and hoisted a HUGE red flag!

  19. Imagine being a waiter at a busy restaurant on a Sunday and pulling a no-call/no-show on your managers and fellow servers.

    You don’t get your tummy rubbed and told “hey, it’s okay; just come back next week”.

    NO! YOU GET FIRED!

    Even if there’s an emergency and you gotta leave town, at some point while you’re packing to leave, or driving to the airport, or waiting to check in at the front desk if you didn’t check-in online, after passing through TSA, having coffee at starbucks before boarding, or you’re waiting to board at your gate, or you’re sitting down on the plane in taxi: YOU CALL YOUR BOSS AND SAY YOU’RE NOT COMING IN!

    See, regular people like me? I just found 7 totally realistic moments on Saturday night for Lawrence Timmons to have contacted one of his coaches. He did none of them. You don’t have to be a professional football player to understand responsibility.

  20. No one knows why he left, speculation is a family concern, I’m not buying it. He easily could have been excused if that was the case, a vet certainly knows better. The secrecy and indefinite suspension around this disappearance is very troubling and doesn’t fit the speculated reason for leaving,especially by a team that just took care of all its players and staff’s families during the hurricane.imo

  21. Stop bringing up the Steelers. He doesn’t play specials and the Steelers let him walk in favor of Williams. They aren’t cutting Dirty Red or a very good special teamed in Johnson. Sorry there’s no room in the inn.

  22. It’s all about the $$

    “He’ll lose $58,823 per week (based on a $1 million annual salary), and he’ll potentially be required to refund 4/17th of the 2017 allocation of $5.5 million signing bonus ($647,000). The most also wipes out the remaining guarantees in his contract (he had $11 million fully guaranteed at signing), allowing the team to cut him with no further financial obligation.”

  23. “If this was Tom Brady he would be playing this week with no questions even asked by the team. Oh maybe, are you felling better Tommy?”

    Brady would never not show up and not call Belichick.

    SMH

  24. pittsburghdamned says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Welcome back to PA. I miss this solid tackling machine.

    Adios to those Floridiotbillies
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    People in Pittsburgh can talk about people in Miami once they’re the biggest city in their own state. For now, veer to the shoulder when the Amish are on the road.

  25. tylawspick6 says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    good move

    sets an example

    career
    over
    ===========================

    You mean like when Blount went AWOL on the Steelers and somehow Belichick knew he wouldn’t act like that with any other team?

  26. irkjames says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    People in Pittsburgh can talk about people in Miami once they’re the biggest city in their own state. For now, veer to the shoulder when the Amish are on the road.
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    Somebody’s inferiority complex is showing again.

  27. justtherealfacts says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    If this was Tom Brady he would be playing this week with no questions even asked by the team. Oh maybe, are you felling better Tommy?
    _________________

    Just a real fact for you, Tom Brady (like any all time great) would wade through a river of fire to play the game.

  28. johnodocks says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    good move

    sets an example

    career
    over
    ===========================

    You mean like when Blount went AWOL on the Steelers and somehow Belichick knew he wouldn’t act like that with any other team?

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    is that english? i have no idea what your question means

  29. “When someone in the real world walks away from their job they are terminated”

    You would think this is 100% true but it’s not. My wife had a subordinate who was told she could’ve have the afternoon off for his kids game. She had just used up all her time off for medical leave. So she Packers up her desk, her personal stuff and leaves her work computer AND work keys and left without telling anyone on a Friday. Come Monday, she realized the mistake she made and goes to the office, had to call someone to be let into the building and claims she wasn’t quitting. She left late enough in the day Friday that the process wasn’t started, she go to see her kids game, and had no discipline.

  30. “If this was Tom Brady he would be playing this week with no questions even asked by the team. Oh maybe, are you felling better Tommy?”

    What are you on about? This article is not about Brady, it’s about Timmons. Gawd. Get off your obsession for even one PFT article.

  31. tylawspick6 says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    is that english? i have no idea what your question means

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    That’s quite an indictment against the school systems responsible for your education if, indeed, any would admit to it.

  32. badgersteelerfan says:
    September 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    “When someone in the real world walks away from their job they are terminated”

    You would think this is 100% true but it’s not. My wife had a subordinate who was told she could’ve have the afternoon off for his kids game. She had just used up all her time off for medical leave. So she Packers up her desk, her personal stuff and leaves her work computer AND work keys and left without telling anyone on a Friday. Come Monday, she realized the mistake she made and goes to the office, had to call someone to be let into the building and claims she wasn’t quitting. She left late enough in the day Friday that the process wasn’t started, she go to see her kids game, and had no discipline.
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    If she was told he could have the afternoon off, why did she pack up her desk?

  33. irkjames says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    pittsburghdamned says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Welcome back to PA. I miss this solid tackling machine.

    Adios to those Floridiotbillies
    _______________________________________

    People in Pittsburgh can talk about people in Miami once they’re the biggest city in their own state. For now, veer to the shoulder when the Amish are on the road.
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    Better check your numbers. Miami is barely half the size of the biggest city in Florida.

  34. magnumpimustache says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    What did he really do?

    He missed a Saturday before the game.

    Seems to me like an over reaction from a rookie coach who is trying to be Belicheck

    ————–

    Are you really this dumb???? He went missing from 10pm to 8am not responding to phone calls from friends or employers. Where did he go in that time span?? Who knows… Dolphins Org put out a missing persons report (no joke) because of the above info. Police found him at the airport sunday morning before his game. Seriously if its a personal matter wouldn’t he tell his boss? Yoh boss-man I have this urgent thing with my baby momma… gotta head home. Nope.

  35. I wish they’d suspend Jay Cutler indefinitely. Field goals don’t cut it. This last game was a Tony Sparano special!

  36. Love it absolutely love it! Look at this point Gase obviously knows more then we do.
    I’ve watched players run buckshot over Miami coaches for too long. This is a tough and
    highly competitive business and number one above all else is loyalty. Gase means
    business, he meant last year when he left Ajayi in Miami for the opener and now the
    players no it goes for veterans also. Alpha male

  37. msstiller58 says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    Mr Timmons played 120 games without an issue. Something very serious, to him, must have occurred.

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    Yeah but he played for Mike Tomlin…..and we have seen how tight a ship he runs. Timmons could have been AWOL for a week and Tomlin probably would not have even noticed.

  38. magnumpimustache says:

    What did he really do?

    He missed a Saturday before the game.

    Seems to me like an over reaction from a rookie coach who is trying to be Belicheck
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    You have to be a millennial.

  39. Wow, pretty harsh.
    The guy obviously needs support during a crisis moment,
    not to be thrown to the curb. Talk about cut throat.

    Don’t know all the details of what happened, but do know
    Timmons is as solid as they come. Hope he is alright.

  40. I am having a hard time getting my mind around this. On the one hand you have an environment in Miami that is still being rebuilt from years of the inmates running the asylum so the hard line is understandable. On the other is a player that has only missed 2 games in 10 years at a position of need.

  41. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    September 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    justtherealfacts says:
    September 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    If this was Tom Brady he would be playing this week with no questions even asked by the team. Oh maybe, are you felling better Tommy?
    _________________

    Just a real fact for you, Tom Brady (like any all time great) would wade through a river of fire to play the game.

    ——

    I got the matches and some gasoline lets test this theory!!!!!!

  42. While I’m not a fan of the missing work and not telling anyone part, I’m going to reserve judgement on him until all the facts are out, if they even come out. Nobody knows what was going through his head. It appears to be family related…not drugs or some sort of criminal activity. And based on his track record of being a model teammate and stand up guy while with the Steelers, he deserves the benefit of the doubt from the fans.

  43. Again, every tme I write it is the same thing! What do you people know? Gase knows what happened, you don’t. Timmons never did this before as a Steeler, so the Pitt fans defend him. Patriots fans compare this to Brady (still trying to figure that out). The highly paid “Professional” screwed up. He is not a baby and owns a phone. Also, Guaranteed money always has clauses for incidents like this. Do I wish he was playing? Heck, Yes! However, good riddance. The Dolphins beat a decent Chargers team with a 3rd string UDFA that had 8 hours to prepare for a game. Keep spouting off your opinions (and we all know the saying about that). The Dolphins will be just fine with Gase in charge. He benched Ajayi last year and now he is a Top RB that you ALL wish was on your respective teams.

  44. No one here, myself included, has any idea as to what actually may have transpired (or not) between LT and the team.
    The man has been a stand up citizen and employee since entering the league as green as they come when most of those that are now judging were either pimply faced middle school kids or just getting over their second divorce and looking for a reason to put someone down.

    Unless and until something official comes out regarding his short absence, not one of us has the human right to judge. And if we’re being honest, we don’t *ever have that “right”.

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