TMZ – The Miami Dolphins were so concerned when linebacker Lawrence Timmons went AWOL on Saturday, a team rep filed a missing persons report with police … TMZ Sports has learned. 

Here’s what we know … the Miami Dolphins team was in Southern California on Saturday to play the L.A. Chargers on Sunday.

When the team checked to make sure the players were in their rooms by curfew, Timmons was not there. 

Our sources say the team scrambled to find him — calling family and close friends before ultimately filing a missing persons report with local law enforcement.

The good news … cops found Timmons at LAX early Sunday morning in a boarding area in an effort to get to Pennsylvania. A team rep met Timmons at the airport and left with him. 

So, why Pennsylvania? We’re told Timmons had spoken with his baby mama who lives there and had told her he missed the baby and wanted to visit. He was serious about visiting her.

Timmons is now back with the team and is scheduled to meet with doctors, according to ESPN.

Look, I’m certainly not a mental health expert, but if this isn’t a cry for help, I don’t know what is. Something just isn’t normal about a guy who makes $6 million per year attempting to hop on a cross country flight the night before a football game without telling anyone.

Adam Schefter reported today that at least one league source doesn’t believe Timmons’ actions are a result of early onset CTE. In addition, another source was quoted as saying, “No one has ever seen anything like it.” That all seems a bit fishy, if you ask me. Are we totally sure this isn’t CTE-related?

Per the Mayo Clinic, the following list contains signs and symptoms of CTE:

  • Difficulty thinking (cognitive impairment)
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Depression or apathy
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Difficulty planning and carrying out tasks (executive function)
  • Emotional instability
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

Again, like I mentioned before, I’m certainly not a doctor. In fact, I’m FAR from it. But if a few of these symptoms (i.e. impulsive behavior, emotional instability, etc.) don’t jump right out at you, then you’re lying to yourself. Whether or not this type of erratic decision making is a result of repeated head trauma, the NFL needs to take these incidents seriously. It’s obvious Lawrence Timmons needs help, and I’m not so sure dismissing the severity of the root issue is the right way to go about it.