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Saints RB Bush won’t play

Running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis are not traveling with the New Orleans Saints for today’s game against Tampa Bay.

A team spokesman said Saturday that both players had been downgraded on the official injury report from questionable to out with knee injuries.

Both players are expected to be back at practice next week.

Bush missed practice this week with swelling in his left knee, the same knee on which he had surgery last December to repair cartilage. Bush is coming off one of his best games of the season in St. Louis last Sunday, when he gained 98 yards and scored two touchdowns on six rushes and a pair of receptions.

Flights of fantasy

It was a humorous and telling moment last Sunday when Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew apologized to his fantasy football owners for taking a knee on the 1-yard line against the New York Jets rather than scoring the touchdown. Jones-Drew also suffered, because he starts himself on his fantasy team.

Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio said he’s constantly approached by fantasy enthusiasts who urge him to use certain players more, or question his decisions that impact their teams.

“I started hearing that in the offseason,” Del Rio said. “And I always told those guys, ‘Your fantasies and my fantasies are different. Let’s acknowledge that, all right?’ ”

Take the long way

Have you noticed there have been a lot of long plays this season? Through 10 weeks, there have been 95 touchdowns of 50 yards or longer. That’s the second most through this point in the season since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger (98 in 1998).

The league is on pace for 168 such touchdowns, which again would be second only to the 1998 season (173).