Reggie Bush Day-To-Day Entering Redskins Game
The Lions’ running back took a helmet to his left knee in the second quarter of a loss to the Cardinals, and his ability to play on Sunday remains uncertain.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Jim Schwartz said on a conference call Wednesday morning that Lions running back Reggie Bush will be evaluated each day heading into the upcoming game against the Redskins after sustaining an unspecified left knee injury on Sunday.
“You know, there’s no structural damage to his knee, but he just wasn’t able to explode the way that he needs to and things like that,” the Lions’ head coach said. “He was sore after the game. We’ll just progress him through this week and try to make a good decision as we get to game day. If he can do the things that make him Reggie Bush, he’ll be out there. If he can’t, then the next guy’s up.”
Bush took a helmet to the left knee in the second quarter of the Lions’ road loss to the Cardinals. He played infrequently in the second half and fumbled a handoff from quarterback Matthew Stafford early in the third quarter, then was replaced by Joique Bell.
The Lions signed Bush, in his eighth season, to a four-year, $16 million contract during the offseason. He has 115 yards on 30 carries this season and has also caught seven passes for 145 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown reception in the season-opening victory over the Vikings.
“There’s a different dynamic to our offense when he’s out there,” Schwartz said. “Not that we don’t have any other good running backs, because we do. They can all make plays within the offense, but Reggie brings a different dimension – particularly in conjunction with [receiver] Calvin Johnson, you know? People play Calvin a little bit different, and if they choose to spend too much attention on a guy like Calvin, Reggie’s a guy that can go hit a home run.
“He means a lot to our offense. He’s a pro. He’s a great guy. He took to our team right away. He’s made an impact in our first two games, and you know, he’s gonna be a difference-maker for us.”