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Something Strange is Going on With Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons

Timmons went missing in Los Angeles the night before the Chargers game and was eventually found at LAX airport Sunday morning.

by Sean Newell
Sep 18 2017, 6:56pm

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons was not active for Sunday's game against the Chargers in Los Angeles because he had gone missing the night before. Timmons left his hotel room at some point Saturday evening without telling the team; they only noticed he was gone after running a curfew check. After checking in with friends and family to no avail, Miami actually filed a missing persons report with local police. According to TMZ, Timmons was eventually found at LAX, attempting to board a plane for Pennsylvania.

The good news ... cops found Timmons at LAX early Sunday morning in a boarding area in an effort to get to Pennsylvania. A team rep met Timmons at the airport and left with him.

So, why Pennsylvania? We're told Timmons had spoken with his baby mama who lives there and had told her he missed the baby and wanted to visit. He was serious about visiting her.

A source told Adam Schefter that Timmons was dealing with a "personal matter" and the team decided the 31-year-old linebacker "wasn't in a good place to play" and held him out of the game. It is not clear what exactly is or was wrong with Timmons, and some of the quotes Schefter got are as troubling as they are vague:

The Dolphins are unsure what the issue is with Timmons, but one league source said he does not believe it is the early onset of CTE. "No one has ever seen anything like it," one source said.

Everything about this is bizarre and comes almost entirely without context.

Timmons is meeting with team doctors today "to try to figure out what's wrong" so maybe after that happens we'll get a little but more clarity here. Timmons, according to Schefter, is doing better, for what it's worth, and wants to get back to practice ASAP.