Monday, September 24, 2012
Pace: No bounty on Bush
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- There was no harm intended, Calvin Pace said Monday.
Trying to clarify the remarks he made about Reggie Bush after Sunday's game, Pace claimed there was "no bounty" on the Dolphins' running back.
"Apparently, I said something about Reggie Bush, trying to get him out of the game," Pace told reporters at his locker. "I wasn't trying to say it as if we were trying to hurt him. I'm sad to see him get hurt. We aren't running any kind of bounty system or anything like that and, actually, looking at the play, somebody just fell on his knee. That's all I have to say. I guess I need to say things in a different manner."
Bush gashed the Jets for 61 yards before leaving in the second quarter with a knee injury. After the game, Pace told ESPNNewYork.com and a few other media outlets, "Reggie, I guess he was doing his thing for a quarter or two. We had to put him on out, and we didn’t see him again after that."
Pace said he "didn't mean anything malicious," adding that the goal every week is to hit the running back as many times as possible "to get him out of his game, mentally." Pace won't be disciplined by the league, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He said "a little birdie" informed him that his remarks had caused a stir, prompting his quick damage control.
Bush underwent an MRI exam and reportedly didn't suffer any structural damage.