The Lions slumped to a 37-27 loss against the Steelers on Sunday after being held scoreless in the second half of the game.
Part of the reason they were shut out was the lack of production from running back Reggie Bush. Bush had 54 total yards in the game, most of them coming in the first half before Bush fumbled in the second quarter and the Lions decided to go with a heavier dose of Joique Bell in the backfield. Bush confirmed after the game that he was fine physically and that the trip to the bench came because of performance.
“Probably because I fumbled the ball. You turn the ball over, that’s what happens. I’ve been in this league long enough to know that. There is nobody to blame but myself,” Bush said, via the Detroit News.
Bush returned in the second half after Bell got hurt, but he wasn’t any more effective than he was in the first half and the Lions took a step back in the drive for an NFC North title. Coach Jim Schwartz said Bell wasn’t seriously injured after the game, although you’d expect Bush to still get first crack in the backfield again next week based on his overall body of work this season.