Way We Hear It: Miami Dolphins could go after suspended Lawrence Timmons’ money CBA allows teams to try to recoup signing bonuses in disciplinary cases By ERIC EDHOLMSept. 19, 2017 The Miami Dolphins suspended LB Lawrence Timmons on Tuesday after he went AWOL prior to the Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.The Miami Dolphins suspended LB Lawrence Timmons on Tuesday after he went AWOL prior to the Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The team ruled Timmons inactive for the game and had filed a missing persons report on their linebacker after he failed to show for a team meeting on Saturday, the day prior to the game. Timmons reportedly later was found at the airport and was attempting to fly home.Miami signed Timmons, 31, to a two-year, $12 million deal in the offseason after spending all of his career previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The contract included a $5.5 million signing bonus and a total of $11 million guaranteed. The Dolphins could to go after some or all of that bonus money, depending on what the team decides to do with Timmons for the remainder of the season or beyond. According to Article 4, Section 9 of the league’s CBA, NFL teams may try to recoup money from players who have breached their contracts. That includes “any player who willfully fails to report, practice or play with the result that the player’s ability to fully participate and contribute to the team is substantially undermined (for example, without limitation, holding out or leaving the squad absent a showing of extreme personal hardship) …”Further, the CBA notes that players who commit a forfeitable breach for the first time “may be required to forfeit up to twenty-five percent (25%) of his Forfeitable Salary Allocations upon missing his first regular season game.” The Dolphins have yet to take this course of action with Timmons, who was supposed to meet with team doctors on Monday. It’s not clear if that meeting happened as planned. Team sources have been extremely mum on Timmons’ situation, and head coach Adam Gase said after the game that he needed to “figure some things out before I talk about this.” Timmons was the team’s starting linebacker all through the preseason and had started 101 consecutive games prior to Sunday.