Steelers stuck in dark on Lawrence Timmons
Then-Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons celebrated with Vince Williams when they were teammates in Pittsburgh. Timmons disappeared from the Miami Dolphins, according to multiple reports. Williams intends to check in on him.
Here, they celebrate sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers that knew of Lawrence Timmons’ reported disappearance from the Miami Dolphins intended to talk to their former teammate. Those that didn’t know were confused. All were concerned.
“I heard something,” guard Ramon Foster said. “I’m not sure what it is, but I’m going to check and see as soon as I get a chance to clear it up.”
Sunday marked the first Steelers home opener since 2009 without Lawrence Timmons taking the field and the first Pittsburgh game in more than a decade without Timmons as a member of the organization. The Dolphins, who signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract in March didn’t know where he was Saturday before locating him on Sunday, according to reports by The Miami Herald and FOX Sports.
His replacement, four-year understudy and fellow former Florida State Seminole, Vince Williams, planned on finding out what went wrong with Timmons shortly after Pittsburgh’s 26-9 win against the Minnesota Vikings.
“I’m about to call him tonight, though, and see what’s up with him,” Williams said.
He had not heard from Timmons in the past couple days. Williams, who jokes about many topics, kidded that he would try to get Timmons back with the Steelers.
Timmons had repeatedly stated his intention to retire with the team when asked in the last few years of his career in Pittsburgh.
“Im trying to get my dog to come back,” Williams said. “I’m [going to] get my dawg to come back.”
Despite the yearly NFL roster churn, 37 of the 46 players who suited up for the Steelers had done so with Timmons. Even Mike Hilton, who had not, shared a locker room with him as a practice squad player last season.
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Cameron Heyward has taken over helping anchor and lead the Pittsburgh front seven alongside and now in the absence of Timmons. They were both first-round picks of the Steelers. Timmons was Mike Tomlin’s first.
In Los Angeles on Sunday, Timmons missed his first game in eight years.
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