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NOTEBOOK: Bush Working To Get Healthy; Other Notes

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Dolphins injury report lists three players who did not practice.

All eyes are on Dolphins running back Reggie Bush as he tries to rebound from the knee injury that knocked him out of last Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets.


Bush flashed his familiar smile at the podium today as he addressed the local media following practice and confirmed that he was felling a lot better now than he thought he would. As for whether or not he will play this Sunday at Arizona, Bush was coy.

“I don’t know. That’s kind of up to the coach,” he said. “If it was up to me, I’d be playing no matter what, but it’s up to the coaching staff and it’s up to the trainers. If I’m able to show them everything I need to allow me to be in there then obviously I want to be fair in the situation to the team and straightforward. We’ll find out. There will come a time for that. We’ve got a long week. That’s really it.”

Even though Bush was able to get up off the ground and walk off the field under his own power he still was nervous about the extent of the injury. He did try to go back into the game but after warming up a bit on the sideline the trainers decided to err on the side of caution.

“You just never know,” said Bush about how scary it was for him. “Any time you take a hit, and I’ve been on the positive side of hits and you think it’s worse than it was and it ends up not being that bad and I’ve been on the other side, you just never know. “Thankfully, everything was good and I’m all right, still walking.”

INJURY UPDATE

Bush (knee), defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee) and linebacker Austin Spitler (groin) all did not practice today for the Dolphins. … Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll (Achilles) and Richard Marshall (back), wide receiver Marlon Moore (hamstring) and defensive tackle Randy Starks (knee) were limited. … Defensive end Andre Fluellen (hamstring) participated in a full practice. … For the Cardinals, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (hamstring), tight ends Jim Dray (knee) and Todd Heap (knee), fullback Anthony Sherman (hamstring) and running back L.Stephens-Howling (hip_ did not practice. … Safety Rashad Johnson (hamstring), linebacker O’Brien Schofield (knee), quarterback John Skelton (ankle), guard Adam Snyder (elbow), strong safety Adrian Wilson (ankle/groin) and punter Dave Zastudil (right calf). … Guard Daryn Colledge (shoulder), cornerback Jamell Fleming (shoulder), tight end Jeff Kink (knee), safety Kerry Rhodes (foot) and running back Ryan Williams (knee) practiced in full.

COACH SPEAK

“They have big skill players. They’re good. They are big and physically skilled. I think (Kevin) Kolb is playing extremely smart with the football. He’s done a great job protecting the ball. They’ve been very efficient. Their stats aren’t gaudy by any stretch of the imagination, but they’re effective. They’re opportunistic as a football team and they have a lot of good players. This is a well-coached football team.” – Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin on Arizona’s offense

“It changes your preparation. You only have so many reps in practice so you’ve got to project a little bit. If we’re designing this specific plan, we might not be able to practice this until Friday. So there are some things that play into the game plan, but again we’ve been practicing offense with these guys as well as defense and specials teams since, I’m going to throw out April 24th. So it’s not like one injury should totally or dramatically alter your systems in either phase of the game, but certainly you need to take them into account to a certain degree.” – Philbin on what if any impact Bush’s status has on his game plan

“They’re very athletic on every level of the defense. They’re good athletes. I think they are extremely well coached. Ray Horton has done an excellent job. Ron Aiken, who is a former colleague of mine, the defensive line coach I think is as good as there is. He’s excellent. They’re players are good. They’re good athletes. They’re playing fast and obviously you want to create schematic challenges for an offense, which clearly they do. Yet at the same time I think they have some confidence in their base defenses and they’re going to line up, they’re going to play and play it well. I think they’re giving up 13 points per game and I think that’s pretty good proof in the pudding that they’re doing some things well.” – Philbin on Arizona’s defense

LOCKER ROOM TALK

“We have to do a good job of picking it up. I think that, so far this year, our offensive line and backs have done a good job of picking up pressures. We’re doing a good job of identifying them and sliding protection and things like that. They have good pass rushers, big guys up front where, if you’re not sound in what you’re doing, they’re going to exploit and take advantage of it. We have to be crisp on what we’re doing in our blitz pickups. They like to bring their backers and we have to be, like I said, crisp in picking those up.” – rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill on facing Arizona’s pressure in the passing game

“It’s nice to know the guys have my back but when they come out and say that it can’t all be held on me, that’s what I’m here for. There are times when I’m going to struggle and I hope that they can pick me up and there are times that our team might struggle and I should be able to pick them up and that was one of those times.” – kicker Dan Carpenter on the support he’s been getting from his teammates

“I’ve watched Jorvorskie play since he was at Texas A&M and I’ve always said he’s a great football player. He’s a tough football player who likes to put his nose in there and ever since he’s come to this football team this football team has gotten better. So we’re glad Jorvorskie’s a part of our football team and he’s going to be a phenomenal player in this league.” – center Mike Pouncey on the power running of rookie fullback Jorvorskie Lane

WORDS FROM THE OPPOSITION

“I spent a lot of time in the AFC North where that’s exactly the same thing. This is what I’m used to seeing. San Francisco obviously had a great year last year. Seattle’s defense is very good and I think we can throw our hat in the ring for that as well. I haven’t seen St. Louis, but I know what Coach Fisher does. I know what kind of defense he plays. It’s a physical division, one with good defenses. I think, no question, that makes our division a lot better.” – Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt on the strength of the NFC West defenses

“I’ll tell you what, Richard was a big part of what we did defensively last year. He was a very unselfish player who did a lot of jobs for us, and a very tough player. He’s another guy I have a lot of affection for, and I have a lot of respect for as well. He’s a big part of the reason defensively we made progress last year. He did a number of jobs for us, whether it was playing safety, playing corner, he was unselfish, so to me he is a great pro. You have a tremendous amount of respect for guys like that.” – Whisenhunt on current Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall and what he meant to Arizona’s defense last season

“They’re physical. There’s no other way you can put it. They’re a physical team and they play all the way to the whistle. Everybody across the board takes pride in opening up holes and they want to run the ball and be physical. So we’ve got a handful.” – Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell on Miami’s offensive line, specifically in the running game

“Home field advantage is huge. Our stadium gets pretty loud and our fans are pretty rowdy so it really affects the game. We feed off the crowd, especially the defense, so when they’re roaring it’s hard to beat us.” – Campbell on Arizona’s home field advantage

DOLPHINS TIDBITS

## Defensive tackle Randy Starks has now moved up into a tie for fifth in the AFC in quarterback sacks with three thanks to a scoring change that was made in last Sunday’s game against the Jets. His tackle of Jets quarterback Tim Tebow for a 5-yard loss with 11:31 left in the third quarter was officially changed to a sack

## With running back Reggie Bush’s status still up in the air, rookie Lamar Miller looked like he was making a concerted effort to showcase his versatility. He ran some nice routes out of the backfield and his hands looked reliable when the ball was thrown his way.

## Any team that has a Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver commands extra attention from the secondary, which explains why Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle positioned themselves close to the defensive backs during the early part of individual drills.

## The last song played during warm-ups and stretching was Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” another throwback to the 1980s but an interesting choice nonetheless.

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