The Rex Ryan-Reggie Bush “hot sauce” feud just won’t die.
Ryan re-litigated the long-distance spat Wednesday, making clear there were still some hard feelings about Bush’s September radio interview, in which the running back chalked Darrelle Revis’ torn ACL up to karma.
Bush at the time was miffed because he believed the Jets tried to knock him out of the teams’ first meeting, which he did in fact have to leave with a knee injury. Earlier that week, Ryan stirred the pot by saying his team was going to put some “hot sauce” on the Dolphins star.
On Wednesday, Ryan told New York reporters that, “I apologized for my comments. I expect [Bush] to do the same.”
Ryan later said on a conference call with Miami reporters that he didn’t need a mea culpa.
Either way, Bush was having none of it Wednesday, particularly Ryan’s contention that his original comments were misconstrued.
“I don’t believe that at all,” said Bush, who added, “They’re the ones that started it. If there was ever any retaliation, it would come from us.
“But with this team, the caliber of guys and the character of guys we have on this team, we play with respect for the game.”
LaRon Landry, the Jets defensive back whose hit knocked Bush out of the first meeting, enter the fray as well. He told New York reporters: “Every time he sees me, he’ll remember that hit.”
Marshall, Starks miss practice
Richard Marshall and Randy Starks missed practice Wednesday, raising the possibility that the Dolphins will face their top rival Sunday without two defensive starters.
Marshall hasn’t played in nearly a month; he has battled what now appears to be a significant back injury. Starks’ absence, meanwhile, was a bit more surprising.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, usually loathe to discuss player availability, said Starks missed practice due to a “non-football personal” issue.
Should Starks not play, Tony McDaniel would likely start. Starks ranks second on the team with 3½ sacks, one of which came against the Jets on Sept. 23.
“He’s a rare-type athlete,” Ryan said. “He can hit you with power, can hit you with speed. He’s got kind of a wiggle to him, a shake to him.
“He’s a handful, no question. Since he’s been there, he’s been kind of a thorn in our side.”
Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday but linebacker Koa Misi (hamstring) and running back Daniel Thomas (concussion) participated fully.
Eight Jets players did not practice Wednesday, including starters LB Bart Scott (toe), LB Calvin Pace and OL Nick Mangold (ankle).
Charity ride set
The Dolphins have begun their promotional push for the annual cycling challenge, a charity ride benefitting the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The event, which has raised more than $1.6 million for cancer research in its first two years, will be held Nov. 3-4.
Michael Mandich, son of late Dolphins broadcaster Jim Mandich, runs the annual event, which includes a kids’ ride at Sun Life Stadium.
For more details, visit RideDCC.com.
This and that
• As of Wednesday afternoon, the league had not taken action against Misi after his recent no-contest plea to felony battery, indicating he’ll be permitted to play Sunday against the Jets. If the NFL suspends Misi under its personal conduct policy, it likely won’t come until next week, at the earliest.
• Receiver Jabar Gaffney, still looking to get on the field for the first time this season, said Wednesday: “I think I have gotten better with each and every practice. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable, which has allowed me to just go out there and play, instead of thinking.”
• The NFL will use pink penalty flags at Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins games in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. The idea came from an 11-year-old Dante Cano of Marlboro, N.J., who hand-wrote a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell.