By now, you’ve probably heard that Steelers defensive end Lawrence Timmons will be out for the season.
That’s because the defensive tackle is in the final year of his rookie contract and he wants to be there for his family, according to a source familiar with the situation.
It’s unclear if the Steelers are willing to release Timmons to get the veteran some breathing room.
But if Timmons is gone, the Steelers won’t be able to sign a replacement for him, as the team has yet to make a decision on how to replace him, the source said.
Timmons, 30, played in 16 games for Pittsburgh last season.
The Steelers have been without the former No. 2 overall pick for most of the past two seasons, and he missed most of training camp with a broken hand.
They drafted defensive tackle Anthony Chickillo and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins in the first round last year.
In the past, Timmons has made a strong case for being a solid player.
He started all 16 games in 2016.
He had eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hurries in the regular season.
Timmons signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension with the Steelers in the offseason.
He played well in his first season with Pittsburgh, recording a sack and an interception in 10 games.
Timms had six sacks in three games in 2017.
But Timmons struggled in the playoffs last season, finishing with three sacks in six games.
The Steelers signed Timmons for the final two years of his contract in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
He was a key part of Pittsburgh’s defense in the second half of the season and finished second in the NFL with a career-high 25 tackles for losses in 2017, and third in the league with 10.5 sacks.