A day after New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace's remarks made it sound like his team had put out a bounty on Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, Pace claimed his comments were taken out of context and misunderstood.
Bush injured his left knee right before halftime and didn't take the field for the rest of the game. After the Jets emotional 23-20 overtime victory over the Dolphins, Pace was asked about Bush's injury and said, "I guess he was doing his thing for a quarter or two. We had to put him on out. I didn't see him again."
On Monday, Pace threw out the notion that the comment was referring to a New Orleans Saints-like "bounty" arrangement.
"I wasn't trying to say it as if we were trying to hurt him," Pace said. "I'm sad to see him get hurt. We aren't running any kind of bounty system or anything like that. Actually, just looking at the play, somebody just kind of fell on his knee. It wasn't anything malicious ... I guess I need to say things in a different manner. I'll do a better job of it next time."
Pace sounded like he was trying to say that Gang Green's defense had to keep hitting Bush to wear him down. Bush gained 61 yards on 10 carries before he got hurt running out the clock before the half.
An MRI showed that Bush knee suffered no structural damage but his return to the field is unclear. He could suit up this Sunday against Arizona if his the swelling goes down.