Bush says he’ll play Monday after unusual muscle pull

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Lions running back Reggie Bush still isn’t quite sure how it happened, but he said he will be back this week after a strange muscle pull in his right calf kept him off the field last week against the Eagles.

Bush pulled up lame moments before the game after aggravating the injury, and went back to the locker room to try to warm up and get it ready, but it wasn’t happening.

“I can’t even sit here and lie and say I would have been able to push through it,” Bush said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I couldn’t push through it.”

The Lions clearly missed him in the snowy loss to the Eagles, after they already deactivated Mikel Leshoure.

“I felt ready to go. Coaches asked me if I was OK to go and I said, ‘Yeah, I feel good,’” Bush said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s honestly never happened to me before. I’ve never missed a game for a pulled muscle, so I look forward to getting back this week.

“It’s very frustrating because what was at stake, playing on the road and just being out there with my teammates,” he said. “It’s always hard watching from the sideline being a spectator. I hate it, so I look forward to getting back this week.”

Bell fumbled twice in the blizzard with an increased workload (23 carries for 69 yards). But if Bush is ready to go Monday against the Ravens,and can get to game time, the Lions have a much better chance of taking another step toward a division title.