FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Now, it feels like rivalry week.
The war of words between the Jets and the Dolphins' Reggie Bush reached a tipping point Wednesday thanks to LaRon Landry, who said his hard-hitting style has Bush running scared.
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"I'm grateful for another opportunity to play this guy, and he will remember that hit," Landry said four days before the division rivals will meet at MetLife Stadium. "Every time he sees me, he'll remember that hit."
The "hit" he referred to is the multiplayer pileup that caused Bush's left knee injury just before halftime of the Jets' 23-20 overtime win Sept. 23. The only problem with Landry's version of events is that he didn't cause Bush's knee bruise.
As Bush ran up the middle, linebacker Bart Scott grabbed him high and Landry hit him low. As the pile of bodies fell, nose tackle Sione Po'uha appeared to fall on Bush's left knee. Landry immediately leaped to his feet and clapped as he walked away from the pile, although from the tape it's unclear if he was aware of Bush's injury.
But even though Landry wasn't directly responsible for the injury, the safety said his aggressiveness will be on Bush's mind. Landry said he gets "a feel" for an opponent's personality and mental makeup based on how the player reacts when he's being pursued or how he changes his running style.
"For me, if I get penalized I'm not going to stop headhunting, I'm not going to stop the way I play," said Landry, who was responsible for Buffalo's Fred Jackson missing two games because of a knee injury this season.
"Just watch the way he runs [Sunday]," Landry said of Bush. "We'll just have to wait and see until they come here. I don't want to say too much. I'm not going to over-talk it and make a story.''
The day began with Rex Ryan saying he wanted Bush to apologize for his "what goes around, comes around" remark about Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury in the third quarter of their Week 3 matchup.
"I apologized for my comment," Ryan said, referring to his comments last month about the Jets putting some "hot sauce" on Bush during the game. "I expect him to do the same."
Ryan reiterated his comments were taken out of context and said he expected Bush to at least apologize to "his peer" Revis. But it was clear Bush wasn't buying Ryan's explanation, especially in light of linebacker Calvin Pace saying "we had to put him out" after that game.
"I don't believe that," Bush said yesterday of Ryan's explanation. "I don't believe that at all."
Bush, who had 61 yards on 10 carries against the Jets, began the season at a blistering pace of 5.5 yards per carry. He's averaging only 2.1 in October, but the trash talk might just aid his performance.
Bush was pointing the finger at the Jets. "They're the ones that started it," he said, "so if there was ever any retaliation, it would come from us."
He also told reporters the Dolphins have too much "character" and "respect for the game" for the trash talking to escalate. Said Bush: "I didn't go and complain or whine about being a target of the Jets."
But it sounds as if Landry disagrees.
"When guys yap back and forth, obviously you've done a great job," the safety said. "You got to him in some type of way that they've got to speak on it."