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Reggie Bush reacts to being benched

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush talked on Tuesday about being benched in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Marc Serota

Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was benched in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. Bush ran the ball four times for 21 yards, but also had a fumble. Bush believes that it is the first time since he's played organized football that he has ever been benched, but he does acknowledge why head coach Joe Philbin did it:

"The only thing I can control is fumbling the football."

The loss dropped the Dolphins to 4-5, two games behind the two current Wild Card holders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Bush believes that this is a team that can get back into the playoff hunt, but they can't make the mental mistakes like what they made against the Titans:

"When we are fundamentally sound you see we're a pretty good team. When we're not, penalties, turnovers, its a recipe for disaster,"

Bush knows that the responsibility falls on him when it comes to running the football to protect it. He even knows that to be considered a leader, mistakes like that just can't happen:

"It was a rough day. I fumbled the ball. That's something as a leader & veteran of the team I can't do. I'll bounce back"

The Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m.

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