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Friday, December 30, 2011
Reggie Bush ruled out for Dolphins

By James Walker

The New York Jets have received a last-minute jolt to their slim playoff hopes Friday. The rival Miami Dolphins ruled out starting running Reggie Bush (knee) for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets at Sun Life Stadium.

New York (8-7) needs to beat Miami and have at least three AFC teams lose to get the final wild card in the AFC. Miami is 5-3 in its past eight games, and Bush is a major reason. He had the best season of his career and eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time. Bush was one of the few consistent bright spots for the 5-10 Dolphins.

Dolphins rookie tailback Daniel Thomas is expected to start Sunday in place of Bush.