The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is once again among the NFL’s elite, ranking second in total yards allowed, and inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is a big reason why. The seventh-year Steelers made 20 tackles in a 19-16 win against the Baltimore Ravens, with a handful of those stops coming after he broke his left hand, according to head coach Mike Tomlin:
“Lawrence Timmons broke his left hand. That’s been casted. He is ready to go. That happened late in the third or early in the fourth quarter of the game. He was able to finish. We fixed it. He has full mobility in all of his fingers, but it has been secured with a cast.”
Timmons will play Sunday vs the Oakland Raiders with a cast on the hand. He currently leads the Steelers with 54 tackles. He also intercepted a pass two weeks ago against the New York Jets to preserve the Steelers’ first win of the season, and they’re now riding a two-game winning streak back into postseason contention.
“He’s all over the field,” Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said of him. “He’s always one of our leading tacklers. He’s been a good interceptor and made a lot of good runs after he got the ball. I don’t know what more you want the guy to do? To me he has played at an All-Pro level for several years.”
The Steelers will need that kind of production from Timmons this week against the Oakland Raider’s run-focused offense that ranks ninth in the league with 129 rush yard per game. The two-headed monster of RB Darren McFadden and QB Terrelle Pryor will leave Timmons with many opportunities to make stops and keep the Oakland offense contained.