Lions running back Reggie Bush didn’t practice on Wednesday, but it’s not because he’s feeling a lot of pain in the knee he hurt in last weekend’s loss to the Cardinals.
Bush said Thursday that he’s feeling better at this point in the week than he thought he would and is happy he was able to avoid an injury that would require either surgery or a long stay on the sideline before he could return. The fact that his knee is feeling good leaves him with positive feelings about his chances of playing, although he knows that it won’t be a decision he’s making all on his own.
“I’m always optimistic to be able to play,” Bush said on WXYT, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I hate missing games. It pains me to miss practice. I hate missing practice because I feel like the reps are vital to your performance on Sunday. Like I said, I’m optimistic to play Sunday, but there’s so many different things that need to happen. I’ve got to get approval from the doctors and coaches and trainers, so I still have some work cut out for me.”
The Lions offense was much less effective against Arizona once Bush was forced out of the game and that second half slowdown left the door open for the Cardinals to come back and take the win. Avoiding the same fate against Washington will be much likelier if Bush gets the green light from the medical staff.