Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons left the team for unknown reasons on Saturday and is not expected to play in Miami’s opener at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, according to a source.
Something angered Timmons, precipitating his decision to leave the team, according to the source. What angered him is believed to be a personal matter, not involving the team.
Timmons was not arrested and has not been charged with a crime, the source said.
According to Fox’s Jay Glazer, the Dolphins were informed of his whereabouts Sunday morning.
The Dolphins know where Timmons is but declined to elaborate or comment on the matter.
Timmons’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he had no information to provide to shed light on the situation.
The Dolphins signed Timmons to a two-year, $12 million contract during the offseason after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sunday’s game will end a streak of 101 consecutive starts for Timmons, which ranks 10th among all active players and second among all defensive players, behind only Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr.
Even with Timmons, the Dolphins already were shaky at linebacker after losing two key players for the season: Koa Misi (neck) and rookie second-round draft pick Raekwon McMillan (knee).
Also, linebacker Ray Maualuga is out Sunday with a hamstring injury.
That leaves Kiko Alonso as the team’s only established starting linebacker for Sunday’s game.
Mike Hull is expected to start in Maualuga’s absence, just his second career start.
Former Chiefs backup Justin March-Lillard, who was claimed off waivers on Sept. 3, and Chase Allen, an undrafted rookie from Southern Illinois, are the only other linebackers under contract.
March-Lillard played in five games for the Chiefs last season and started all of them, producing 22 tackles and two passes defended.
Allen led the NFL in tackles in preseason.
Alonso and Hull are expected to be the linebackers in Miami’s nickel package.