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Bush wants to play, but Saints still mum

METAIRIE, La. — Elusive as Reggie Bush can be on a football field, he is also proving tough to pin down on whether he will be ready to play against Seattle on Sunday.

The Saints' dynamic running back and punt returner, who has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his lower right leg in Week 2, was limited in practice Wednesday.

Bush says a decision on his return would be made by the team at the end of the week. ESPN.com reported he will play.

"We'll see what happens. I feel like this is a good weekend to get out there," Bush said.

But he said it's not just his decision because he never has had an injury like this before.

"It's me. It's the coaches. It's the trainers and the doctors. If we feel like, collectively, I can get back out there and play this weekend, I'll get back out there," he said. "If it were up to me, I would have been playing."

Bush also was limited in practice late in Week 9 and traveled for a road game in Carolina, going through a pregame workout before he was ruled out.

Coach Sean Payton often tries to keep opponents guessing about the status of key players.

"He moved around pretty well and got some good work. We just keep plugging ahead and increasing the workload," Payton said. "Each week he has gotten better and … there haven't been any setbacks, so naturally he's better today than he was a week ago or two weeks ago."

Despite hospital visit, Texans QB to play

HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Matt Schaub spent the night in the hospital and missed Wednesday's practice with a bursa sac injury in his right knee.

Coach Gary Kubiak said the injury will not require surgery. He expects Schaub to return to practice today and be ready when the Texans play at the Jets on Sunday.

"Everything should be okay," Kubiak said. "I expect him here (today). If that's the case, and he's doing what he normally does, he'll be out there."

Kubiak said he did not know how Schaub hurt his knee. He met with Schaub on Tuesday morning and said Schaub seemed fine. The quarterback left the training facility and called the team later in the day to say that his knee was bothering him.

Brady sits again: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he is "doing well" after sitting out practice with a foot injury. He did not practice last Wednesday but took part in workouts Thursday and Friday on a limited basis and played well Monday night against the Steelers. New England hosts the Colts on Sunday.

Broncos boot ex-gator Moss: Former first-round pick Jarvis Moss, who tallied just 3½ sacks in 3½ seasons, was released by the Broncos. The former Florida standout was chosen 17th overall in the 2007 draft but never earned much playing time in his two seasons under Mike Shanahan. He moved from defensive end to outside linebacker when Josh McDaniels arrived last year and implemented a 3-4 scheme but found no more success.

Cardinals: Running back Beanie Wells, who has missed three games with knee issues, said he's healthy for the first time since he was hurt. He was limited in practice but said he expects to play vs. Kansas City.

Chargers: Tight end Antonio Gates (torn plantar fascia) sat out practice and said he doesn't know if he will be ready for Monday against the Broncos.

Dolphins: Quarterback Chad Henne is listed as doubtful for tonight against the Bears, though he might be available in an emergency behind fill-in starter Tyler Thigpen.

Giants: Shawn Andrews, who replaced the injured David Diehl at left tackle, missed practice with an undisclosed back problem. Second-year pro Will Beatty is the likely choice to replace Andrews.

Jets: Quarterback Mark Sanchez (right calf) was limited at practice, but the injury shouldn't prevent him from playing against Houston.

Panthers: Running back DeAngelo Williams was put on injured reserve with a sprained right foot, ending his season. Coach John Fox said the injury was healing slowly and would have kept Williams out another two to three weeks. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen sat out of practice, so it's becoming likely that Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre will play this week.

Seahawks: Despite two cracks in his left wrist, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fully participated in practice.

Steelers: Receiver Hines Ward cleared his post-concussion tests and practiced.

Bush wants to play, but Saints still mum 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:50pm]

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