Reggie Bush agrees with first-half benching

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins tailback and team leader Reggie Bush was benched for the entire second quarter after an early fumble in Sunday’s 37-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

But Bush supported head coach Joe Philbin’s decision.

“I didn’t deserve to be back in the game,” Bush said candidly after the game. “I fumbled the ball and I’ve had two fumbles lost this year, so I’ve got to do a better job protecting the ball.”

Bush added he would’ve “benched myself” if he were coaching the team. Bush eventually returned in the third quarter but didn’t get many opportunities with Miami behind. He rushed for 21 yards on four carries.

Bush got off to a fast start this year but has struggled since injuring his knee against the New York Jets. Bush says his knee is fine and that’s not the reason for his struggles.

The pending free agent could be entering the doghouse of Miami’s coaching staff. Backups Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller have been getting increased work the past couple of games. The Dolphins will play Thursday against the Buffalo Bills.