Calvin Pace: No bounty on Reggie Bush, just hard football

Jets linebacker Calvin Pace looks on in an

Jets linebacker Calvin Pace looks on in an undated file photo. (Credit: Getty Images)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- There was no Bush bounty, Calvin Pace said Monday.

The Jets linebacker said his postgame comments Sunday about Dolphins running back Reggie Bush were not meant to be malicious.

"[I meant it] just in terms of hitting him and getting him out of his game mentally," Pace explained, a day after he told a small group of reporters that the Jets "had to put [Bush] out."

Bush had 61 first-half rushing yards before injuring a knee with 23 seconds to go in the second quarter. After the game, Pace was asked about the Jets' inability to stop him. "I guess he was doing his thing for a quarter or two," he told a small group of reporters. "We had to put him on out. We didn't see him again."

Pace said Monday: "We aren't running any bounty system or anything like that. And actually looking at the play, someone just fell on his knee. So it wasn't anything malicious."

 

Praise for 'Tone

Mark Sanchez raved about Santonio Holmes' nine-catch, 147-yard performance Sunday. But the Jets quarterback also offered sage advice.

"To go back to [Sun Life Stadium], to an environment where there were so many negative from [his New Year's Day meltdown] and to see him shine, he really, really played hard and it started with a great week of practice," Sanchez said on ESPN radio. "That was one of the first things I told him: 'You really deserve all the praise you're going to get for this game but don't forget how you got here. Because you worked your [butt] off this week. You were quiet, you were focused, you led the receiving group.' Sometimes it takes a little adversity to bring the best out of players."

 

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The Jets re-signed OLB Bryan Thomas and WR Patrick Turner. They released CB Donnie Fletcher, DL Marcus Dixon and T Dennis Landolt.

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