Timmons suffered a stress fracture in his tibia on October 8 against Duke during a kickoff coverage play.
"I got hit with a helmet on my shin and it swolled up on me, but I kept practicing," Timmons said. "But it got to the point where I felt I couldn't walk on it anymore. They took an x-ray and I was told to stop because I was at risk for having my bone break in half if it got hit again."
Doctors put Timmons in a boot for three months and he just got out of it one week before spring practices started.
He was told not to run and sit out for the spring, but is expected to run a week after spring practices end on April 15.
Right now he is riding a bike and doing aquatics work. Timmons, 6-foot and 210 pounds, is also doing light squat work to build up the quad muscle.
The team has completed 12 spring practices and have just two remaining before the spring game on April 15.
With Timmons out, he is able to observe how the team is doing especially on offense.
"The spring is going good," Timmons said. "We are learning a lot of stuff with the offense. It is pretty easy, but we just have to take it one day at a time."
Timmons rushed for 1,253 yards during his senior year at Columbia High School in 2003. When he got to UM he was a cornerback and redshirted in 2004.
In the spring of 2005, Timmons was moved to running back where he has been since.
"I love running back," Timmons said. "I like defense too, but I feel more comfortable at running back."
Last spring Timmons had one of the biggest plays when he ripped off a 64-yard run in the mid-spring scrimmage in front of 1,000 fans at Traz Powell Stadium.
"I had just been having problems with my hip and I remember getting tackled on the play at the 1-yard line, which made it hurt even worse. In the summer I got my hip taken care of."
Having played in just one game last year, it was tough for Timmons.
"I didn't play as much as I wanted to. I had just switched over from cornerback to running back and I still had a lot to learn. I just have to look forward to next year."
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org