Reggie Bush’s impressive season-long display of durability has ended with a knee injury.
The Dolphins running back will miss the team’s finale tomorrow against the Jets. He was ruled out by interim coach Todd Bowles after missing practice for the third consecutive day yesterday.
“He hasn’t been responding so we’re just going to sit him down,’’ Bowles said, according to the Miami Herald.
Bush, a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in his six-year career, hurt his right knee late in last week’s loss at New England. The game is meaningless for the Dolphins, but the Jets still have a shot at the playoffs. The Jets rank 15th in the NFL against the run at 113 yards per game, but have allowed more than that just four times in the last nine games.
Bush ranks 10th in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,382, and has a team-high seven touchdowns. Bush’s average of 5.0 yards per rush is the highest for a 1,000-yard runner this year. He led the NFL with 519 yards rushing in December.
Steelers probably set After practicing all week on a sprained ankle, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was listed as probable for tomorrow’s game in Cleveland, which could determine whether Pittsburgh wins the AFC North and earns a first-round bye. Safety Troy Polamalu (knee) did not practice until yesterday but is expected to start. Center Maurkice Pouncey missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain but said he’s going to play. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) is doubtful after not practicing . . . Packers coach Mike McCarthy would not say whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will sit out tomorrow’s game against the Lions, but Green Bay will be missing three key offensive players: running back James Starks (knee, ankle), receiver/kick returner Randall Cobb (groin), and receiver Greg Jennings (knee). “The most important thing with Aaron is he’s ready to play,’’ said McCarthy, whose team is locked into the NFC’s top seed. Said Rodgers: “I’m going to leave it up to Mike.’’ If Rodgers doesn’t play, Matt Flynn and Graham Harrell would lead the league’s highest-scoring offense.
Johnson needs work Texans star wideout Andre Johnson will play against the Titans tomorrow after missing three games because of a strained left hamstring. Coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson will be on a play count, but wants the receiver to get in work before the playoffs . . . The Raiders expect wide receiver Jacoby Ford to play in Oakland’s finale against the Chargers after Ford made it through a third straight practice without any setbacks to his injured left foot. Oakland’s defense also may get a boost with the return of safety Michael Huff, who missed the last two games with a groin injury but practiced all week . . . Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had successful surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee, according to coach Leslie Frazier. The Vikings expect him to be ready for the start of next season.
Chiefs extend Succop The Chiefs signed kicker Ryan Succop to a $14 million, five-year contract extension, according to a person familiar with the deal, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made. The contract includes a $2 million signing bonus. Succop, the final pick of the 2009 draft, has hit 24 of 29 field goal attempts this season, including 22 straight to tie a franchise record . . . Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton and some 20 other NFL players are suing a Chicago law firm for more than $10 million, claiming they received bad financial advice on investing in energy concerns. The 14-page lawsuit filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court claims that the alleged negligence of Chuhak & Tecson cost the investors “millions of dollars in damages, including loss of investment, adverse tax consequences, penalties, expenses and professional fees.’’
Dockett hit double Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was fined $15,000 by the NFL for hitting Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton below the knees last weekend and another $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle on Cincinnati running back Bernard Scott. Dockett was called for a 15-yard penalty on each play. Other players fined for transgressions last weekend - all docked $15,000 - were Redskins safety Reed Doughty, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton . . . The Jaguars will honor outgoing owner Wayne Weaver and his wife, Delores, at halftime of tomorow’s game against the Colts. Weaver, a former shoe salesman, is down to his final few days as owner, having sold the franchise last month to Shahid Khan for $770 million. “Every game is emotional for me, but this one will remind me of all the great things that have happened over the last 18 years,’’ said Weaver, who will turn 77 next month.