Reggie Bush Injury: Updates on Dolphins RB's Knee

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 23, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball against the New York Jets on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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With just seconds remaining in the first half, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush suffered what looked like a knee injury.

It is not time for Dolphins fans and fantasy owners to curse the football gods yet, though. Bush walked off the field under his own power. 

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The injury to Reggie Bush's knee may not cause him to miss any time this season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the results of Bush's MRI via Twitter.

An MRI showed Reggie Bush did not suffer any structural damage to his left knee and he could play Sunday at Arizona.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2012

The Dolphins will certainly be pleased with the news and if Bush is able to play, he will be the driving force behind the offense. 


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:45 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that Bush is expected to miss some time with a knee injury suffered in Week 3. 

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A source said Monday morning that Bush’s left knee injury is “nothing season-ending,” but the Dolphins are concerned that Bush may have to miss a few games. The Dolphins face Arizona and Cincinnati on the road and St. Louis at home before their Bye in Week 7.

The Dolphins are fortunate to have capable backups in Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller who can fill in for Bush until he is healthy enough to return. 


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 8:10 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

There is some good news and bad news with the Bush injury situation. 

According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, Bush is not believed to be out for the year, but could need time to get back on the field. 

Source says Reggie Bush's knee injury is "nothing season ending" but #Dolphins are concerned he might miss some time

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) September 24, 2012

The Dolphins boast the fourth-best rushing attack in the NFL with nearly 176 yards per game. Bush has accounted for 302 of those yards and is averaging six yards per carry. He looks better and more comfortable now than he ever has. 

To lose him at this point is a crushing blow to the Dolphins, though Lamar Miller has looked good in limited action thus far. 


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Reggie Bush's knee injury does not appear to be serious.

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported the following via Twitter:

Source says Reggie Bush should be OK. Wanted to creturn to the game but knee stiffened on him. Not season-threatening. Goes for recheck Mon.

— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) September 23, 2012

The Dolphins were unable to come up with a victory after Bush left the game, losing 23-20 to the New York Jets in overtime. The team will hope to have their most potent offensive weapon back as soon as possible. 

---End of update---

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3:34 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Reggie Bush will not return to this Week 3 contest. CBS' Jason La Canfora passed along the news. 

Revis will not return with a left knee injury. Reggie Bush will not return, either.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

Bush chalked up 61 rushing yards and one receiving yard prior to the injury. The Dolphins running game continues to chew up yards in his absence. 

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:53 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Bush came out of the locker room for the second half with his team, but he did not go into the game. Instead, cameras got Bush riding a stationary bike, with his pads and uniform on, as the Dolphins struggled through a pick six and a lost fumble by Bush's replacement Daniel Thomas. 

ESPN's James Walker issued the following tweet. 

#Dolphins RB Reggie Bush is still out. He's on the sideline riding the bike.

— James Walker (@JamesWalkerESPN) September 23, 2012

Bush's return to this game has not been ruled out, as the Jets note with this tweet. 

#RL MIA RB Reggie Bush has a knee injury. His return to this game is questionable.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 23, 2012

With the Dolphins terrible start to the second half, I have to believe that the Miami coaching staff will be a little more anxious to get Bush back into the game. 

---End of update---

The Miami Dolphins tweeted out an update. 

Reggie Bush was down but is now walking off the field under his own power. 0:23 remaining in 2ND QTR. #NYJvsMIA

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 23, 2012

Bush had a slight limp while moving under his own power, but it was a relief just to see him put weight on his knee, which seems to be what was causing him grief. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora agrees with the source of the pain. 

Reggie Bush gets his knee looked at and hobbles off to the sidelines. He has 10 carries for 61 yards already

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

Bush didn't just hobble to the sideline. He kept his uneven gait rolling all the way back to the locker room to get a few seconds head start on his teammates. 

It will be unfortunate if Bush cannot return. This is the exact kind of game where he could flourish in the second half. 

The Dolphins have a touchdown lead at home, and Bush already has good yardage numbers on few carries. The Dolphins will go to the ground more and more the longer they hold onto that lead, and the Jets' defense will wear down if that happens. 

This New York team does not have the speed to deal with Bush in the first place. That would only be amplified in the fourth quarter if Miami can maintain this lead.

However, Bush's status for this game is certainly up in the air. Stay tuned as we'll bring you updates to that status as they become available.