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Both the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins left New York's 23-20 overtime win with major injury concerns – Miami lost the game but won the war of attrition, as Reggie Bush is apparently OK. Jets starting corner Darrelle Revis, on the other hand, is out for the season – and both left with a feeling of embarrassment at the collective play on Sunday.
New York Jets SB Nation blog Gang Green Nation likened the entire game into a "stumbling" affair, and dubbed the game "The Dirt Bowl":
I would like to make an analogy that my friend Tom noted while we were watching the game. He compared it to a game of chess in which both sides lose their queens (Reggie Bush and Darrelle Revis), but the rest of the pieces on either side are just stumbling, bumbling pawns. I think that's an apt description of what we just witnessed.
Over at The Phinsider, the bumbling antics of head coach Joe Philbin failing to ice the Jets' kicker, in addition to the team's overall play, produced a less eloquent response:
Ouch. Ahhhhhhhh. Nooooooo! That pretty much sums up my reactions to the Miami Dolphins' overtime loss to the New York Jets today. From a dominating first half, to a struggling second half, to a timeout erasing a field goal block, it was just an all-around bad day to be a Dolphins fan.
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
Bush went down in the second quarter of Sunday's game after starting strong with 61 yards on 10 carries. After his exit from the game, the tandem of Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller combined for 117 yards.
If in fact Bush plays this week, it would be a huge save for the Dolphins offense. Under new head coach Joe Philbin, Miami has relied heavily on the seventh-year back while rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill develops. Bush has not played in all 16 games in a season since his rookie year, and missed games in 2007 and '08 with knee injuries.
For his part, Bush was exuberant on Twitter Monday morning:
Received some great news today! Praise the Lord!— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) September 24, 2012
Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush injured his left knee in the second quarter of Sunday's game with the New York Jets and wasn't able to return to the game. According to the Palm Beach Post, the knee injury is "nothing season-ending" but will likely force the running back to miss a few more weeks of action.
Bush has a history of injury in that knee, as he tore his PCL in 2007, then both sprained his MCL and tore the meniscus in 2008.
Bush had been the focal point of the Miami ground game in 2012, and was the AFC's offensive player of the week for Week 2. Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller will be asked to pick up the slack in his absence. Both Thomas and Miller showed some good things on Sunday during the second half of play. The pair combined for 117 yards on the ground against the Jets.
The New York Jets overcame a slow start to defeat the Miami Dolphins 23-20 at Sun Life Stadium. Nick Folk hit the game-winning field goal for the Jets after Miami called timeout on a play where they blocked Folk's initial kick.
Trailing 17-10 entering the final quarter, another Folk field goal early in the fourth would then set up the Jets taking the lead for the first time late. Mark Sanchez threw his first touchdown of the game with just 3:05 remaining to Jeremy Kerley. Down 20-17, the Dolphins then put together a late drive that allowed them to tie the game with 21 seconds remaining on a Dan Carpenter field goal.
In overtime, Carpenter would miss a 49-yard field goal that gave the Jets the chance to go for the win. Sanchez worked the ball down the field allowing Folk to win the game with a 33-yard field goal.
Those who went with Shonn Greene in their fantasy lineups had to be disappointed with his output of 40 yards on 19 carries. Santonio Holmes had a big game where he picked up his team and fantasy owners with 147 yards on nine receptions.
As for the Dolphins, wide receiver Davone Bess may be on some owners' radars after his impressive day of 86 yards on five receptions. Bush appeared to be heading for a great day until he went down with an injury. Daniel Thomas was seeing the bulk of the carries in Bush's absence. Owners may want to consider picking him up if Bush is out for any amount of time past today.
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The Jets were favored by three points so there is a push.
The Jets suffered a bunch of injuries during the game, but none more important than the injury to cornerback Darrelle Revis. After being carted off with a right knee injury, he did not return to the game. There is yet to be word on how long he will be out.
For the Dolphins, they lost running back Reggie Bush in the first half when he hurt his knee. He was the Dolphins' leading rusher with 61 yards despite not playing at all in the second half. Like with Revis, there is yet to be word on the extent of his injury.
The big news of the third quarter wasn't a score, though each team had a touchdown, but an injury: Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis left during the third quarter with an apparent knee injury. Revis suffered the injury on a non-contact play and was taken back to the locker room for further examination. He will not return to the game.
The Jets started the second half with a bang. Safety LaRon Landry intercepted Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and returned it for an 18-yard touchdown. That tied the game at 10.
Tannehill responded later in the quarter with an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Tannehill was just 2 for 3 on the drive, yielding mostly to running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas in the aftermath of Reggie Bush's second-quarter injury.
Fullback Jorvorskie Lane capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
The Jets had a red-zone drive in the third quarter that resulted in no score. On third and goal at the Miami 7-yard line, Mark Sanchez threw an interception to safety Chris Clemons. On second and goal from the 2-yard line on the play before, Tim Tebow came in, and this happened:
His status to return is unclear. Trainers examined his left leg before he limped off the field.
Bush had 10 carries for 61 yards in the first half against the Jets. His 26-yard rush in the first quarter set up the Dolphins' only touchdown of the half.
This is Bush's seventh season in the NFL and second with the Dolphins. Bush has always seemed prone to injuries; he hasn't played all 16 games in a season since he was a rookie for the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
If Bush were unable to return Sunday, running back Daniel Thomas would likely be deflected the majority of the rushing attempts. Thomas, a 6-1, 233-pound back, had eight rushes for 30 yards and a touchdown in the first half Sunday.
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Dolphins running back Reggie Bush suffered an apparent left knee injury late in the second quarter. Trainers examined his left leg before he limped off the field. His status to return is unclear.
Other than that, perhaps the most interesting development of the second quarter was this:
This is Jared Odrick doing his Pee-Wee Herman dance after sacking Mark Sanchez.
Real football things also happened in the second quarter. For instance, the Dolphins' first drive featured a few long Ryan Tannehill passes on consecutive plays—one to Davone Bess for 23 yards, the next to Anthony Fasano for 17—but stalled once it got to the red zone. Dan Carpenter kicked a 21-yard field goal to give Miami a 10-0 lead.
The Jets got on the board with a 16-play, 67-yard drive that ended with a Nick Folk 33-yard field goal with 1:50 to go before halftime.
Tannehill was 6-of-11 for 62 yards in the first half.
The Dolphins took early advantage of a Mark Sanchez mistake, intercepting the Jets quarterback on the fifth play from scrimmage of the game. Miami took over at the Jets 47-yard line and needed eight plays, six of which were rushes, to take a 7-0 lead.
The big play of the drive was a Reggie Bush 26-yard run on a 2nd-and-11 play that put the Dolphins down to the 10-yard line. Three plays later, running back Daniel Thomas punched it in from a yard out to score.
The Jets' offense struggled to get anything going in the first quarter against Miami's defense. None of the three New York first-quarter drives—the third of which leaked into the first bit of the second quarter—lasted longer than seven plays, and the three drives ended with an interception and two straight punts.
The New York Jets are looking for a 2-0 record in the AFC East on Sunday when they take on the Miami Dolphins. The game is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and just a little over an hour out from the game, we've got the gameday inactives pouring in. The Jets' official Twitter account listed their inactives, and the most significant of them is tight end Dustin Keller.
Keller missed last week's game, as he's suffering from a hamstring injury. He was listed as "questionable" on the official injury report on Friday. Jeff Cumberland is expected to start in his place once again, but other than that, there are no significant injuries for New York.
Miami's inactives were announced by Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post via Twitter, and like New York, there's not much of significance. Marlon Moore and Tony McDaniel are both out with injuries, though the latter was already known and the former was the lone Dolphins player to appear as "doubtful," on the official injury report Friday. A full list is below.
For more on the Miami Dolphins, head on over to The Phinsider, and for more on the New York Jets, check out Gang Green Nation. On top of that, be sure to head to SB Nation's main NFL hub for news and analysis from around the league.
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The Miami Dolphins will go for their second straight win on Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium. It's their first divisional game of the season as AFC East foe New York heads to South Florida. The Jets are coming off a thrashing by the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which quarterback Mark Sanchez completed just 10 of 27 attempts. Another ugly performance like that and there will surely be calls for Tim Tebow, who returns to his home state in Week 3.
The Dolphins will once again try to pound the ball with running back Reggie Bush, who went off in their Week 2 win over Oakland. The Jets rush defense was gashed by C.J. Spiller in Week 1, and they're currently ranked in the bottom third of the league in total rush defense. With Darrelle Revis returning from his concussion injury, Joe Philbin will likely play it safe with Ryan Tannehill and the passing game.
Marv Albert and Rich Gannon will have the call on Sunday afternoon. More information for Jets-Dolphins:
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.
TV Distribution Map: the506.com
King predicts that the Bucs will lose to the Dallas Cowboys, 30-16. Both teams are coming off Week 2 losses, and the Cowboys have the home field advantage in this one.
He expects the Jaguars' offense to continue its struggles in a 23-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Jacksonville is coming off a game in which it amassed just 117 total yards, but it's up against a more vulnerable defense this week.
In the closest pick of the three, King says the Dolphins will lose 20-16 to the New York Jets. He thinks that Tim Tebow "will have the bubble wrap taken off and will make three or four plays to help the Jets win." Tebow has yet to attempt a pass this season.
The Miami Dolphins face off with division rivals the New York Jets on Sunday. The complete Friday injury report for both teams is below. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel did not practice and is listed as out. The Jets have a long list of starters on their injury report, but all are listed as probable. Darrelle Revis is one of those starters and will return to action after missing Week 2 with a concussion.
The complete Dolphins injury report:
DNP = did not practice, LP = limited participation and FP = full participation.
DT Tony McDaniel - Knee - DNP
WR Marlon Moore - Hamstring - DNP
WR Anthony Armstrong - Hamstring - FP
LB Kevin Burnett - Foot - FP
LB Jonathan Freeny - Thumb - FP
CB Richard Marshall - Back - FP
RB Lamar Miller - Ankle - FP
LB Koa Misi - Foot - FP
DE Jared Odrick - Thumb - FP
RB Daniel Thomas - Concussion - FP
S Jimmy Wilson - Back - FP
The complete Jets injury report:
OL Dennis Landolt/Knee - DNP
RB John Conner/Knee - DN
PLB Bryan Thomas/Hamstring - DNP
TE Dustin Keller/Hamstring - DNP
DB Ellis Lankster/Low Back - DNP
DB Darrelle Revis - Concussion - FP
DL Sione Pouha - Low Back - FP
DB Isaiah Trufant - Ankle - FP
DB Antonio Cromartie - Shoulder - FP
WR Chaz Schilens - Ankle - FP
LB Nick Bellore - Shoulder - FP
QB Mark Sanchez - Low Back - FP
OL Nick Mangold - Wrist - FP
LB Calvin Pace - Achilles - FP
LB Bart Scott - Knee - FP
DL Mike Devito - Calf - FP
OL Brandon Moore - Hip - FP
DL Quinton Coples - Illness - FP
DB LaRon Landry - Heel - FP
DB Eric Smith - Hip & Knee - FP
DL Kenrick Ellis - Illness - FP
DL Muhammad Wilkerson - Not Injury Related - DNP
Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage from the Dolphins' game against the Jets. For more insight and analysis, check out Dolphins blog The Phinsider. For the perspective from New York, check out Jets blog Gang Green Nation.
The magazine lists the linebacker second on the list behind New York Jets linebacker David Harris, who is set to make $12 million in salaries and bonuses this season. The magazine stated that all the players on the list were talented, but concluded that their production fell short of the sizable payments they were receiving.
In Dansby's case, the magazine cited that he failed to make the All-NFL team in his first eight seasons, yet is still the league's second-highest paid linebacker.
Coming into the season, one of the biggest concerns for the Miami Dolphins was depth at wide receiver. Legedu Naanee is one of the more experienced receivers on the roster, but has yet to catch a pass after two games. The Dolphins upcoming oponent, the New York Jets, should be getting back star corner back Darrelle Revis, who is likely to key on Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. Naanee is determined to follow the lead some of his mates in the receiving corps, according to Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
"Last week there was a lot of coverage clogging the weak side and free access to Brian's side all day. We ran the ball great the first couple of weeks so we know they're going to try to address that so that's big for the receiving room and Brian having a big game makes everybody step up because they're going to pay attention to him."
As good a job as the Miami Dolphins' linebackers have done in stopping the run (they're the No. 4 run defense in the NFL), they're leaving a lot to be desired when it comes to stopping the pass, as Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel writes. Much of that struggle comes against tight ends, and the Dolphins have another tough test Sunday when they face Dustin Keller of the New York Jets.
Keller sat out against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week with a hamstring injury but is expected back Sunday. So far against tight ends in 2012, the Dolphins have given up 87 yards to Owen Daniels of the Houston Texans and 86 yards to Brandon Myers of the Oakland Raiders. Head coach Joe Philbin knows improvement is needed:
"We have to do a better job matching those guys. We thought we had relatively good position. Houston, obviously, Daniels got free a couple times on us and last week as well. There's more things from a communication standpoint, coverage-wise, that the DBs and linebackers at times have to do a better job."
The Dolphins host the Jets Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in a game televised by CBS.
Under the league's revised blackout policy, the Dolphins need to sell 85 percent of non-premium tickets to have their game televised locally. A source tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Dolphins need to sell "several thousand" tickets to get the game on local television
The Dolphins reportedly purchased an undisclosed number of tickets to get last week's home opener on television, but didn't expect to be in this position following the team's win against the Raiders, and considering the New York following in the South Florida area.
Here was an interesting point made by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
The Jets game was expected to sell well enough on its own merits, considering numerous New York fans in South Florida and the Dolphins coming off an impressive victory against the Raiders behind rookie quaterback Ryan Tannehill. Factor in Tim Tebow and former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano with the Jets, and the game offers arguably the most compelling story lines of the eight-game home schedule.
The relaxed blackout rule this season reduces the number of tickets the Dolphins must sell in the 100 and 400 levels by about 9,000. Tickets for the club level and suites do not factor into the blackout equation.
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said last week that keeping the games on local television has been a priority of Stephen Ross since he purchased the franchise.
The Miami Dolphins will host the New York Jets this Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, and both teams are battling injuries to key players. Thursday's practice was a big day in determining who will be ready to go and who won't for Sunday's contest. As it relates to the Dolphins, several players were able to participate.
Safety Jimmy Wilson, running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, and linebackers Koa Misi and Jonathan Freeny were all able to participate fully in practice on Thursday. Limited in practice on Thursday for the Dolphins were wide receiver's Marlon Moore and Anthony Armstrong, and cornerback Richard Marshall. Unfortunately, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel did not participate in practice on Thursday.
A players full participation in practice late in the week is a good sign that they'll be ready to go on Sunday. Limited participation is always questionable and players listed under that status are typically game-time decisions.
The Dolphins will be looking to move to 2-1 on the season after blowing out the Oakland Raiders last Sunday, 35-13. In that game, Reggie Bush carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns. In two games in his career against the Jets, Bush has carried the ball 16 times for 108 yards.
A week after he racked up 172 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is projected to be one of the NFL's top rushing performers in Week 3 against the New York Jets, according to SB Nation's fantasy rankings.
In standard leagues, SB Nation projects Bush as the week's 14th-best option at running back. In PPR leagues, Bush's ranking jumps up to No. 10. As the 10th-best projected back in PPR leagues, Bush is ranked higher than Maurice Jones-Drew, Stevan Ridley, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson, among others.
Aside from Bush, though, not many Dolphins crack the upper echelon of SB Nation's fantasy rankings. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill checks in at No. 32 in Week 3 projections, above only Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. In two games this season, Tannehill has thrown for 419 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline missed all but one training camp practice, but that hasn't prevented him from playing well in the regular season. He caught nine passes for 111 yards in the team's 35-13 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.
"I told him, I said, ‘You're going to screw everything up for us because everybody is going to miss minicamp, OTAs and preseason and think they can play. He's kind of a coach killer in some ways because of what he was able to do," Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said.
The fourth-year player out of Ohio State caught 35 passes for 549 yards and one touchdown last season. He's on pace to surpass those numbers by a wide margin in 2012, as he has 12 catches for 161 yards through two games.
The Dolphins face the New York Jets in Week 3.
The Dolphins are a three-point underdog to the Jets at home.
The New York Jets released their injury report after Wednesday's practice, and a surprise name on the list that appeared was Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez with a back issue. Sanchez still fully participated on Wednesday, and unless there is a setback he will play on Sunday.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis who had concussion is back at practice, but he is not permitted for contact. So at Wednesday's practice he was limited and will not be able to play or take contact until he is cleared by a doctor.
Starting tight end Dustin Keller missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury.
|Ellis Lankster||CB||Low Back||LP||-||-||-|
|Sione Po'uha||DT||Low Back||LP||-||-||-|
|Mark Sanchez||QB||Low Back||FP||-||-||-|
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The Miami Dolphins have nine players listed on their injury report after Wednesday's practice, but only four of those players were either limited or sat out completely. Backup defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was the only Miami player who completely sat out Wednesday's practice, and McDaniel also sat out last Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.
The other players who were limited included starting cornerback Richard Marshall, who was slowed down by his back injury, and a pair of reserve wide receivers in Marlon Moore and Anthony Armstrong.
After a dominating victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins suddenly find themselves in a crucial Week 3 game against the New York Jets. Both teams are 1-1 and the winner will remain in first place.
It's no surprise with both teams having the same record that experts view it as a tougher game to pick. At CBSSports.com, three of the eight writers are choosing the Dolphins.
Of the four experts that have picked at ESPN.com, Merril Hoge is the only one to choose Miami.
The Yahoo! Users agree with the consensus and are picking the Jets in Week 3.
For what it's worth, the Dolphins were also picked by most experts to lose last week.
The Miami Dolphins made a change on their defensive front on Tuesday, adding defensive tackle Andre Fluellen. The 2008 third-round pick played four seasons in Detroit before joining Miami. In his career, he has 45 tackles and a sack.
Fluellen will be replacing fellow defensive lineman Ryan Baker on the roster. A member of the Dolphins since 2009, Baker has played in 17 games and has notched five tackles.
Despite the switch on the roster, don't look for Fluellen to get too much playing time. The Dolphins defensive line has played well through two games and has stayed healthy.
After their win against the Oakland Raiders, the Miami Dolphins have risen out of the bottom of NFL power rankings. In the SB Nation power rankings, the Dolphins rose to No. 26, a six-spot raise from week one. Joel Thorman praised the Dolphins running attack against the Raiders.
Two hundred-plus rushing yards in a dominating effort over Oakland. A lot of people are beating Oakland these days but no one runs on them quite like the Dolphins.
On the ESPN.com power rankings, the Dolphins rose five spots to No. 25. Jamison Hensley mentions a part of trivia that should be encouraging for the Dolphins defense.
Miami hasn't allowed an opposing running back to crack 100 yards in 16 straight games, the NFL's longest current streak.
In the NFL.com power rankings, much like in the SB Nation rankings, the Dolphins rose six spots to No. 26.
The NFL saw five rookies start at quarterback in Week 1, an NFL record. Gone are the days when a rookie would have to serve as an understudy to an established veteran. Nowadays, teams draft quarterbacks and throw them straight into the fire. It's become a "sink or swim" league for young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Rookies Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns, and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks all started under center in their NFL debuts along with Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins.
The Phinsider blogger, Kevin Nogle, put together a fantastic post comparing the rookies through their first two games of the season. Griffin is clearly the standout of the rookie crop thus far, but the other four made considerable strides in their second weekend, including Tannehill.
The rookie from Texas A&M had a forgettable game against the Houston Texans in Week 1, but made noticeable improvements in Week 2. He now faces a tough task in going up against the New York Jets in Week 3, and the gap between these five rookies could be even closer after next weekend.
For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage, be sure to check out Dolphins blog The Phinsider. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.
Can Ryan Tannehill and Reggie Bush lead the Miami Dolphins to a win over the New York Jets on Sunday?
All of Miami's injuries from Sunday appear to be minor.
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