DAVIE — Dolphins SAM backer Lawrence Timmons went AWOL prior to the team’s first game of the season against the Los Angeles Chargers. Yesterday the Dolphins announced that they had reinstated the 10-year veteran and Gase said that there was no apprehension with bringing him back into the fold.
Gase said that players can work themselves back into the team’s good graces when they have misteps such as Timmons’, but he elected to keep the specifics of Timmons penance, while suspended to inhouse.
“He just worked through a couple of things,” Gase said. “L.T. [Lawrence Timmons] handled the business he needed to handle, and he was invited back.”
The Dolphins are thin at linebacker and are relying on undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Chase Allen to fill Timmons’ spot for the time being. The Dolphins have other options at SAM backer in veteran Rey Maualuga and recently acquired Stephone Anthony, but Maualuga is still recovering from a hamstring injury while Anthony is still learing the ins and outs of the defense.
Gase stated that Timmons could very well see action in London against the Saints, but he denied any notion that Timmons was reinstated merely because of wins and losses.
In fairness to the Dolphins’ defense, they’ve played relatively well in their two games this season. However, they could certainly benefit from Timmons presence in order to stabilize their linebacker corps. Timmons, has the ability to rush the passer from the linebacker positon and has a good feel for the passing game when dropping back into zone.
If in fact Timmons is now forgiven for his disappearing act, this week versus the New Orleans Saints would be the perfect time to insert him into the lineup, as Drew Brees has thrown for 6 touchdowns already this season and yas yet to be picked off. He also owns a passer rating of 109.7.