Lawrence Timmons reportedly visited Steelers during Week 1 bye

After the Miami Dolphins’ Week 1 game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, linebacker Lawrence Timmons made an unannounced visit to a Steelers practice and told some of his former teammates that he wanted to return to Pittsburgh, CBSSports.com reported Sunday.

According to the report, Timmons told some with the Steelers, including coach Mike Tomlin, that he wanted to visit, but most of the team’s personnel were unaware. The visit reportedly took place on Friday, Sept. 8.

The now six-game punishment, though, has a net effect of nil for the Ravens this season, since Dixon is out for the year after having knee surgery in July.

For Dixon, though, it’s obviously not good news. Per ESPN, he’ll lose $190,588 for the six games, and the Sun writes his most recent transgression “calls Dixon’s reliability into further question,” what with a history of hamstring, knee and drug issues.

In his rookie season last year, the fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech carried the ball 88 times for 382 yards and two touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 162 yards and a TD. But, as NFL observers know, running backs are often expendable and interchangeable in this league.

I’m due for an explosion play. It hasn’t happened yet, he said assuredly after last week’s game. The good news that he’s having fun.

Le’Veon Bell said he had more fun this week than last. Smiles and explains, You have more fun when you get the ball a lot.

Panic index: Patience. The early numbers are concerning, but there’s no reason to freak out just yet. Bell’s getting the touches and the looks you expect, so the numbers should come eventually. At the very least, give it another couple weeks before hitting the panic button.

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