Reggie Bush to miss finale for Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins will have to overcome one final obstacle before the end of the season.

On Friday, interim coach Todd Bowles said running back Reggie Bush will not play in Sunday's season finale against the New York Jets because of a right knee injury.

He suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's loss to the New England Patriots.

"He's not going to play," Bowles said.

"The knee hasn't been responding, so we're going to sit him down. ... I think he would be out earlier in the year, too. He's just not ready to play this game."

The injury will cut a career-best season short for Bush.

In his first season with Miami, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, finishing with a team-high 1,086 rushing yards.

Bush missed the entire week of practice before being ruled out Friday. The Dolphins are expected to turn to rookie Daniel Thomas to fill in for Bush.

Thomas, who has missed three games this year because of injuries of his own, has made just one start this season and it came on Nov. 13 against the Washington Redskins.

He has averaged just 12.8 carries per game, but that number is expected to go up Sunday.

"That's what I prefer every week," Thomas said. "I just have to be ready and that's how I prepare myself in practice."


Tom Brady is listed as "probable" on the New England Patriots injury report for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills.

An injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder limited Brady's participation in practice Friday for a second straight day after he sat out practice on Wednesday. He stretched with his teammates during the brief period open to reporters Friday.

The "probable" designation means that there is a "virtual certainty" a player will be available for normal duty, according to the injury report.

Sixteen other Patriots who had limited participation Friday were listed as "questionable" for the game, meaning there is a 50-50 chance they won't play.

Asked what Brady was able to do Thursday, coach Bill Belichick said Friday: "Play quarterback, the usual thing." When asked if Wednesday was a planned day off for Brady, Belichick said he thought he had covered that topic.

The Patriots have said Wednesday's absence was not injury-related.

Comcast SportsNet has reported that Brady had X-rays to check for a separated left shoulder and was told he was "all set." Offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer were listed as "out" for Sunday's game.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has emphatically squashed speculation that a loss to the Giants could cost head coach Jason Garrett his job, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

The winner of Sunday night's clash at MetLife Stadium will win the NFC East and host a playoff game the following week, while the loser's season will end.

Jones said any idea that the second-year coach could be fired is "just ridiculous," adding that the franchise is "just getting started" with Garrett as the head coach.

Even if the Cowboys were to be blown out by the Giants, Jones said his stance will not change.

"We're going to answer this thing as many ways as you want to answer, with as many circumstances," Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

"His job has no bearing and is not a part of this ballgame. Yes, he's going to be our coach next year, period. No matter what the score is."

Garrett is 8-7 in his first full year as coach of the Cowboys after replacing Wade Phillips midway through last season.

The former offensive coordinator has guided quarterback Tony Romo to a career-high 102.2 rating this season, and the team ranks ninth in total offense.

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