Little by little, information pertaining to linebacker Lawrence Timmons mysterious disappearance from the Miami Dolphins this past weekend is filtering in. It’s still not clear as to what it was that prompted the veteran to go AWOL on Saturday, but according to Adam Schefter of ESPN we now know that Timmons was indeed dealing with a “personal issue.’’ That at least is the word according to an unnamed source, who also told Schefter that Timmons is scheduled to meet with a doctor today to determine the issue. In another tweet in which we can only assume he is quoting the same source, Schefter notes reports that Timmons “is doing much better today and wants to resume playing immediately.’’ Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Timmons wants to meet with coach Adam Gase today after the team returned overnight from Los Angeles.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had by far the worst game of his career on Sunday, managing just nine carries for eight yards in a blowout loss to the Broncos. And Elliott is hearing it today for what appeared to be a lack of effort. Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson was particularly vocal in his criticism of Elliott: “I didn’t like the way he quit today. I didn’t like that. He absolutely quit on his team today. First, his attitude on the sideline. Clearly, he didn’t have any communication with his teammates. But also, he didn’t want to talk to his teammates. Sometimes when things are going wrong, as a leader of that team as a captain, you got to step up and rally the troops.”
The Week 2 Sunday splash reports included a delayed-reaction look at the role of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in connection with the contract extension being negotiated with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones had become an ad hoc member of the Compensation Committee, and that he had been advancing concerns he initially raised in March regarding the sheer magnitude of the money paid to Goodell. ESPN advanced the story a bit, noting correctly that the six-member Compensation Committee will meet by telephone this week and claiming incorrectly that Jones is representing the 26 owners not on the committee. On Sunday Jones said: “All of that is without any substance at all. The exercise of looking and extending our Commissioner’s contract is one that we keep really in tight. There are certainly exaggerations there. That’s not the way that works. I’ve always supported Roger and let’s just leave it at that. I wouldn’t get into the nuances and deny anything that was written, whether it was true or not.” So Jones claims that the reports lack substance, but he opted not to deny “anything that was written, whether it was true or not.” Jones, who acknowledged his role in the process and referred to himself as an “ombudsman” (which implies he’s representing someone in the process), addressed the perception that Jones’ sudden interest in Goodell’s pay may be tied to Goodell’s interest in suspending running back Ezekiel Elliott.