Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase declined to provide specifics as to what led to Lawrence Timmons’ indefinite suspension, but said on Wednesday that the linebacker could return to the team.
Timmons, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract over the offseason, disappeared from the team last weekend and did not play in Sunday’s 19-17 victory at the Los Angeles Chargers. Gase has maintained that the issue will remain “in house,” although ESPN reported that the coach has not been satisfied with any of the explanations he has received from the veteran.
However, the door is not closed on Timmons returning to the team.
“I think every situation’s different,” Gase said Wednesday. “And I would say that you can be forgiven if the right steps are taken.”
The Dolphins can suspend Timmons up to four games, according to the collective bargaining agreement. The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero expects Timmons to rejoin the team after the coaching staff deems he has served the proper punishment for going AWOL on his team.
Backup Chase Allen started in Timmons’ place against the Chargers and recorded four tackles. The linebacker position has been in flux since the preseason, when Koa Misi was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a career-threatening neck injury.
Rey Maualuga missed Wednesday’s practice with a hamstring injury, while the team works to get Stephone Anthony up to speed on the defense after he was acquired from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.