But because he also came out of the game with 191 yards and a Lions win, he should probably not expect a reduction in workload.
“We’re going to go win games and score points,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “Reggie’s a tough guy. There’s probably, I don’t know how many running backs carry or touch the ball as many times as he did yesterday, but anybody that did is probably experiencing the same kind of things today.
“His thumb happened on a pass. That’s life in the big city. You’re a running back in the NFL, there’s going to be some Monday’s where you’re not going to be feeling great. Feel a little bit better when you get the win and when you make the plays that he made. That’s what we’re looking for from him and not anything else.”
Only three backs in the league had more touches than Bush’s 25 (LeSean McCoy’s 32 for the Eagles last night, DeMarco Murray had 28 for the Cowboys and Doug Martin 26 for the Buccaneers). And because of the balance he added to the offense, Bush should expect a consistent workload.
Of course, he’s played 16 games twice in seven previous NFL seasons, so we’ll see how long he holds up.
Because that’s probably exactly as long as the Lions will.