Reggie Bush expected to sit out today

AP

Lions running back Reggie Bush’s knee injury is not severe. But it is serious enough that he’s planning to sit on the bench today in Washington.

We noted on Friday that the Lions were thinking of holding Bush out as a precaution, and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this morning that that’s exactly what the Lions are planning to do today: Bush is expected to sit.

That’s a big blow for the Lions’ offense because Bush has looked sensational for the game and a half that he’s been healthy. But if this makes Bush more healthy for the long run, it’s the right move. In fact, the Lions made a big mistake when they didn’t play it safe with Bush last week: After he got hurt and left the game against the Cardinals, he returned for one play — on which he looked awkward taking a handoff and promptly fumbled.

With Bush out, Joique Bell will be the Lions’ primary running back, while backups Mikel Leshoure and Theo Riddick may get their first carries of the season.

9 responses to “Reggie Bush expected to sit out today

  1. Remember when Reggie was with the Saints and he said his multiple injuries had a lot to do with playing on turf? I thought it silly at the time, but I don’t recall him missing too many games with Miami, playing on grass, and now three games into Detroit’s season, he’s on turf again and already hurt… Might have been something to his theory?

  2. In the very first game the commentators noted Bush was in at the tail end of a game the Lions had in hand. They openly questioned whether this was a smart move given Bush’s history of injuries. I paraphrase, but they basically said “he won’t last long if they keep using him like this”.

  3. Turf or not, his knee got hit in a way where he could have been out for the season.

    Joique Bell. Look out for this guy.

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