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As it is, according to Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, it will be difficult to get any of the players still in waiting onto the field for the first weekend of exhibition games.

“You kind of have to go with what you have now,” he said. “You run the risk of injury a little bit because you’re down on bodies.”

One of those bodies most eager to get back on the field is Reggie Bush, who was traded to Miami by New Orleans last week.

“Honestly, I hope it happens tomorrow,” Bush said. “There are a lot of guys in the league right now who need to get to work.”


AP Sports Writers Steven Wine in Miami, Chris Jenkins in Green Bay, Stephen Hawkins in San Antonio, and Pete Iacobelli in Spartanburg, S.C., and freelance writers Chris Adamski in Pittsburgh and Ernie Palladino in East Rutherford, N.J., contributed to this story.