The Miami Dolphins announced that linebacker Lawrence Timmons was reinstated from his indefinite suspension on Tuesday.
The Dolphins also waived linebacker Justin March-Lillard.
With Miami’s season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers postponed to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma, Timmons has yet to play a regular-season game. He signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Dolphins over the offseason following 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Missing the Chargers game snapped his streak of 101 consecutive starts. Timmons also missed last Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the New York Jets.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase left the door open last week for Timmons’ return to the team if “the right steps are taken.” Gase has declined to further specify what led Timmons to leave the team, or what the 31-year-old needed to do to earn his way back into the lineup.
Timmons could have been suspended up to four games, according to the collective bargaining agreement.
CBSSports.com reported on Sunday that Timmons showed up unannounced at Steelers practice during the Dolphins’ impromptu bye in Week 1 and told several former teammates that he regretted leaving Pittsburgh. He then reported to the Dolphins in California the following Monday and practiced all week before going AWOL on Saturday evening.
Timmons was eventually located at the airport, where he told law enforcement that he was attempting to get home to Pittsburgh.