Dolphins linebacker fails to show up for game, loses job
The Miami Dolphins suspended their linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely on Sept.19, 2017. The Dolphins suspended Timmons after his absence at their game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept.17, 2017.
Less than an hour later, they acquired Stephone Anthony, a former first round pick, from the New Orleans Saints.
After Timmons failed to show up for the game against the Chargers, the Dolphins coach filed a missing persons report. He reached Timmons, who said that he was dealing with a "personal problem," but but other teammates said that Timmons didn't act like he was dealing with a problem. Timmons wasn't there for the game or the flight back to South Florida.
His new replacement, Anthony, was the number 31 overall pick of the 2015 draft. He only started three games last year and has not been active in the first two games of the season, according to USA Today. Timmons, meanwhile, is a one-time Pro Bowler who also spent his first 10 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has a two-year, $12 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.
With Timmons gone, the Dolphins only had four line backers available for the game against the Chargers; rookie Chase Allen took Timmons spot and made three tackles. Middle line backer Mike Hull, who is making his second career start, played every snap and led the team with 10 tackles, according to USA Today.