PITTSBURGH -- Lawrence Timmons gave different meaning to hybrid linebacker Thursday afternoon in the Steelers locker room.
He wore cleats and other athletic gear before practice, but he had also pulled on a burgundy dress coat that fit so tight Jonathan Dwyer couldn’t help but comment on it.
“Why don’t you give your little brother’s jacket back, L.T.?” the Steelers running back said.
Timmons had jokingly put on the jacket that belonged to a Steelers employee and it looked as if his bulging chest might cause it to split right down the middle.
What players in NFL locker rooms around the country will help decide is whether Timmons busted out enough this season to make his first Pro Bowl.
Timmons leads the Steelers with 133 tackles – the next closest player to him has 87 stops – and the seventh-year veteran also has an interception, sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery this season.
Whether or not he has done enough to make the Pro Bowl remains to be seen.
The Pro Bowl teams will be unveiled next week and they are selected through a combination of fan, player and coaches voting. Steelers players turned in their votes on Thursday.
Timmons hasn’t put up gaudy numbers other than tackles. But he assumed the responsibility of relaying the defensive calls after Larry Foote went down with a season-ending bicep injury, and he frequently drops into coverage when the Steelers are in their nickel or quarter defense.
“I think it’s going OK,” Timmons said of his season. "I’d like to have more sacks, but I think for the most part I’m doing my job.”
If anyone deserves Pro Bowl consideration on the Steelers’ defense it is Timmons. Whether he has played well enough to make voters overlook the decline the Steelers’ defense has experienced is another story.
Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said earlier this season he thought Timmons was an All-Pro caliber player. But when asked Thursday if any of his players deserved Pro Bowl recognition, LeBeau declined to single anybody out.
"I never worry about that kind of stuff," the veteran defensive coordinator said. "When you win a lot of games you get more guys in. I'm sure somebody on the team will get it and I'll be happy for them."