Lions aren’t looking to give Reggie Bush less work

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Lions running back Reggie Bush came out of Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a groin injury and a dislocated thumb.

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.

15 responses to “Lions aren’t looking to give Reggie Bush less work

  1. The drop off to Joique Bell is not as significant as you might think. He lacks the speed but he’s elusive, stronger and an equally effective receiver.

  2. Reggie won’t hold up at that rate this season. He didn’t with the Dolphins and he didn’t get that many runs and passes. Good luck thinking he will, because with him “goes” the Lions.

  3. By all accounts Reggie has been nothing but the consummate pro since he arrived in Detroit. He certainly delivered week 1 … my only fear is whether he can take that kind of pounding every week and still be there week 16 when he’s really going to be needed.
    I hope so because he brings another dimension to the Lions offence.He’s already shown he can break one at any time and that’s great to see.
    Good luck Reggie and welcome to the Lions.

  4. Where are all those people who were saying he’s soft or that he’s old and washed up? All I can hear is crickets right now.
    191 yards isn’t bad, huh?

  5. I have to say, I’m very impressed with Reggie Bush. Since day one, he showed up and worked hard. With the looks he’s getting, I would think that he wants a heavy workload but Bell has looked good too. It’s a nice problem to have for once.

  6. All we’re gonna hear all season after we beat teams, like from Vikes fans, is “Yeah, we’ve owned you since…” Don’t matter now. Focus on this season. Right now. Keep your eyes here.

  7. The Lions’ O and D lines played great on Sunday — congrats Lions fans. However, Bush won’t last the season if he gets that many touches as he did Sunday, as demonstrated by the groin and thumb injuries he’s already sustained — the guy is good, but brittle.

  8. “Because that’s probably exactly as long as the Lions will”

    An uninformed and false statement. The Lions have two very capable backups in Bell and LeShoure. Losing Bush would affect them just as much as any team would be affected by losing their starting running back. No more and no less.
    In other news Louis Delmas played every snap on Sunday and the Lions won 34-24.

  9. Hey guys – stop it with bashing the Lions in every little post. Do you really need that last sentence with the slam against the team? No, you don’t. Every article you write about the Lions has some sort of mean streak in it. What did the team do to the NFL? So, Suh blocked a guy who wasn’t in the play. Look at every single NFL game and I will point out a worse play. Golden boy Packer Matthews could have paralyzed Kapernick but no mention of that.

    You are going to lose a reader if this keeps up. I understand that the Lions have not been the greatest franchise in terms of wins and people like to pig pile on them when anything dumb happens. But if you don’t start showing some class I am going to stop coming to this site and just read Pro Football Focus, which actually has, you know, knowledgeable insights instead of just pro-wrestling heel bashing and golden boy glory.

  10. ” so we’ll see how long he holds up. -Because that’s probably exactly as long as the Lions will.”

    Wrong. This team showed on Sunday that they have what it takes to overcome some SERIOUS adversity. Also with this statement, Mr. Gantt, you explicitly admit that your awareness of Joique Bell is somewhere around the “asleep” level.

    The Lions had 5 (five!) touchdowns called back yesterday, among other ridiculous, often self-inflicted shenanigans. Credit goes to the entire coaching staff for keeping heads up, and clearing the focus in the second half.

  11. You have to wonder if the writer of this article is from Minnesota.

    How about an article about why Calvin Johnson had another touchdown reversed and the Victor Cruz touchdown stood. Only when it costs the game for a New England, Dallas, San Fran or New York team will it be talked about i’m guessing.

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