Reggie Bush Injury: Updates on Dolphins RB's Week 4 Status and Fantasy Value

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 25, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins looks on from the sideline during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has a chance to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals despite the knee injury he suffered in Week 3. 

Bush suffered the injury seconds before halftime while playing the New York Jets. He limped off the field and was not able to return. Luckily for Bush, the ensuing MRI revealed no structural damage. 

ESPN passed along this info from their own Adam Schefter:

Source: MRI shows @reggie_bush did not suffer any structural damage to his left knee. Could play Sun. vs. AZ (via @adamschefter)

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It's official—Bush will be active on Sunday, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:

Reggie Bush will be active for today's game.

— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) September 30, 2012
If you were up in the air about whether you could start Bush in fantasy leagues or not, go ahead and add him if you have slots available for the later games.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:35 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Reggie Bush is expected to play on Sunday at Arizona, barring a pregame setback, according to NFL Insider Jason La Canfora (via Twitter):

Reggie Bush scheduled to play today, according to a league source. Only an unforeseen complication in warm-ups would keep him out

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) Sept. 30, 2012



UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 28 at 12:27 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to George Richards of The Miami Herald, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush worked with the first team in practice Friday:

#dolphins Reggie bush working on 1st team...cb Richard Marshall not

— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) Sept. 28, 2012

Bush has been stellar through three games this season, posting 302 yards rushing, 72 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He is great in points-per-reception leagues, and now that he has practiced Friday, it would be a good idea to keep him in your lineup.



UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 12:21 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

On the good news front, Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post reports that Bush will be limited at practice Thursday, but offers some hope for this weekend's game against Arizona:

Reggie Bush will be listed as Limited today, but I have little doubt that he will play Sunday vs #Cardinals

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) Sept. 27, 2012

The Dolphins are not an offense riddled with playmakers, obviously. Bush is the best of the bunch, and they need him to have a big game going against a very good Arizona defense that is going to put a lot of pressure on QB Ryan Tannehill.



UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

While it remains a possibility Bush could play this weekend, it's certainly far from a guarantee, as Bush didn't practice on Wednesday. Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald has the update:

But the Dolphins are being cautious and so he is not practicing today in the wake of Sunday's injury scare. Bush suffered a minor knee injury against the Jets but the team believed, and MRI tests confirmed, the injury should not keep Bush out a significant amount of time.

Bush will practice as soon as the swelling and stiffness are gone from his left knee. That could be by the end of this week. And if that happens, Bush might be able to play against Arizona on Sunday. The Dolphins don't expect Bush to miss more than one game at most, as I've reported previously.

If Bush doesn't practice on Thursday, I would start getting nervous as a fantasy owner. You should definitely have a back-up plan in place.



UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:35 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Palm Beach Post reporter Ben Volin  tweeted more encouraging news regarding Bush's knee injury on Tuesday:

Reggie Bush said this morning on @paulandyoungron about his left knee:"It's just a bruise. I'm working hard to get back for this week."

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) Sept. 25, 2012

The Dolphins would like to have their No. 1 rusher back to face the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals defense has been smothering in the past two weeks, and Miami will need all the help it can get.




So, good news indeed for Bush, the Dolphins and fantasy owners of him. While it is no guarantee he will play this Sunday, it is a relief that it is a possibility. 

Still, even if he is ready to go for Sunday, I wouldn't start Bush unless you are hurting for other options. It is highly doubtful he would have a full workload for this game. 

He is likely going to miss the majority of practice time this week, and the Miami coaches would be wise not to push that knee too hard so soon after the injury. Combine that with the fact that the Dolphins have two capable backs behind Bush in Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller, and it is unnecessary for Miami to rush Bush back in anyway.  

It is safe to expect the old running-back-by-committee approach for the Dolphins this week. 

Another factor to consider is that the Dolphins will be playing the undefeated Cardinals, and there is a good chance they will be trailing the entire way in this game, which will limit their rushing attempts.