Timmons has illness

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- It happens to every parent, and right now it's happening to Lawrence Timmons.

The Steelers backup linebacker and former first-round pick caught an illness from his young child, according to coach Mike Tomlin. Timmons was held out of his second straight day of practice Thursday and may not return until next week.

"He's going to be fine," Tomlin said. "He's a little weak today. He lost a few pounds, but we wanted to keep him away from the rest of the guys, to be quite honest."

Also missing practice Thursday for the Steelers were linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring), center Justin Hartwig (knee), offensive tackle Max Starks (knee) and receiver Hines Ward (knee).