Reggie Bush suffered yet another knee injury when the Miami Dolphins lost to the New York Jets last Sunday, and it was initially feared that Bush would be out a few weeks, although no structural damage took place. But just a few days later, Bush said he expects to play on Sunday when the Dolphins play the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
“I’d tell you right now, I’m playing on Sunday,” Bush told the Miami Herald. “But I’m sure that’s why I’m not the head coach. I’m going to do everything I can from a physical and mental standpoint to prepare myself as if I’m playing Sunday.”
Joe Philbin is the head coach, and he has not decided on what Bush’s fate will be on Sunday. He does not want to rush back his top player, but he also knows that going 1-3 would not be good.
The Dolphins have Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller behind Bush on the running back depth chart. They both performed admirably when Bush went down last week against the Jets. They lack some of the same skills of Bush, but could at least help Miami keep the defense somewhat honest by running the ball to set up the pass for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
It is still too early to tell whether or not Bush will suit up and start for the Dolphins this week. he sat out practice on Wednesday, and it is unknown if he will take the field on Thursday. Generally speaking, if a player cannot practice at least a little by Friday, they will not play on Sunday. But we do not know if that is the case with Bush and the Dolphins.
If you are looking for fantasy football wisdom, I would personally stay away from all three Miami running backs this week against a very tough Arizona defense. Thomas would get the majority of the carries if Bush does not play, although Miller is far more explosive. Thomas would get the goal line looks while Miller would catch more passes out of the backfield.
Of course, it is all a moot point if Bush does play on Sunday, although even he is not a highly recommended start against the Cardinals. The Dolphins are expected to struggle in this game and play from behind, meaning the passing game will be utilized more often than planned.
Then again, Bush often scored many of his points through his receptions. Still, I would look for a better option, even if he does play. If he sits, neither Thomas or Miller are that attractive as options, even as a flex position.