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10-02-2010, 10:50 PM
The "other" linebacker

Steelers at a glance

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For the first few years of his career, Lawrence Timmons was all but lost amid the galaxy of standout linebackers in Pittsburgh James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior. But the fourth-year veteran really has stepped up his game this season after replacing Larry Foote as a starter in 2009 and is commanding strong reviews around the league. "The guy really flies around," assessed Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris after last week's loss to the Steelers. "He belongs with that group." The Steelers' first-round pick in 2007 Woodley was the clubs' second-rounder that year in an incredible linebacker haul Timmons leads the Pittsburgh defense with 33 tackles and also has a sack. He has 11 or more tackles in two of three games. Noted Farrior to The Sports Xchange: "(Tackle) totals can be misleading ... but he's the real deal." More a pure 'backer than Woodley, who essentially is an undersized end playing on the edge (as Pittsburgh is prone to do with its outside linebackers in the 3-4 front), Timmons took a few seasons to get his feet on the ground. Now that he has, he's knocking the feet out from under opposing ball carriers.