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RB Reggie Bush - Detroit Lions

6-0, 200Born: 3-2-1985College: USCDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 23, altho he says he is playing in Week 8 in London against the Falcons according to Detroit Free Press beat writer Dave Birkett.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Bush tweaked his ankle injury and had nagging issues with it during the contest against New Orleans - he wasn't 100% healthy so Joique Bell carried most of the load. Bush is expected to be available for this week's game in London, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Bush is stuck in the not quite healthy can't quite trust him doldrums. Even with a good matchup against the Falcons, it's hard to trust him this week.

General News (Thu Oct 23): did not practice on Thursday. Bush said he will do his best to push through his injury and suit up for the team's Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London. "The ankle's good -- just taking it day by day," Bush said. "I'm trying to do my best to just be smart, make sure I'm healthy. Obviously I want to be out there on the field Sunday, and I'm going to do everything I can to be out there on the field Sunday, but I'm also going to be smart about it, too, so it feels good , practiced yesterday, and we'll see how it goes today."

General News (Wed Oct 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Reggie Bush tweaked his ankle injury and had nagging issues with it during the contest against New Orleans - he wasn't 100% healthy so Joique Bell, back from the concussion protocols, carried most of the load (18/48/1 rushing with 2/19/0 receiving). Bush is expected to be available for this week's game in London, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation. Bush's 4/10/0 rushing and 5/22/0 receiving wasn't much of a 'revenge' against the Saints, in any case. Bell has been the more reliably productive of these two 1A/1B backs so far this year (84/274/3 rushing with 24 targets for 13/115/0 receiving for Bell to date; 49/171/1 rushing with 34 targets for 25/160/0 receiving for Bush). The Falcons' rush D is weak, ranking 27th in the NFL allowing an average of 137.7 rushing yards per game, with 13 rushing TDs (worst in the NFL) given out to date. Baltimore compiled 36/123/1 against this group last week; Chicago had 29/103/2 rushing two games back. Advantage, Detroit.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at NYJ 12 46 0 6 4 19 0 0
5 vs BUF 6 13 0 5 2 30 0 0
7 vs NO 4 10 0 6 5 22 0 0
8 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * 2 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 8 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs BUF (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

With Joique Bell and Theo Riddick out against the Bills, the stage was set for a heavy workload for Bush. Instead, the Buffalo front seven held up in the first half against Bush on the interior and his largest gain inside was called back due to a holding penalty. Bush found room in the passing game, however, with two well-blocked receptions on the perimeter. On one target, Matthew Stafford and Bush were not on the same page, leading to an interception. Bush came out of his break and his head was not all the way back to the quarterback, the ball was behind him, leading to a tipped pass and an interception. Detroit was on the edge of field goal range at the time. Bush sustained an ankle injury in the second half, which paved the way for George Winn to see significant work late in the game.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)

Bush was back this week, but in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury against the Saints. As a runner, Bush looked to bounce carries outside too often, giving up ground in the process. Bush was stuffed on a rare third-and-short opportunity as well. While more effective in the passing game, Bush still looked off his typical game. Bush dropped a third down outlet target, stalling a drive, as well as inexplicably trying to reverse his field on a traditional screen for a loss. On fourth down in the closing minutes, Bush did draw a defensive pass interference penalty to continue Detroit's ultimate game-winning drive.

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Latest News

Lions | Reggie Bush says he'll play Sunday (Fri Oct 24, 09:57 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice Friday, Oct. 24, but said he will play in Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 26.

Our View: Bush is still not trustworthy because he is coming in banged up, and he is not as effective on natural tracks (especially potentially muddy tracks like Wembley Stadium often is).
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Lions | Reggie Bush day-to-day (Thu Oct 23, 02:31 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle), who missed practice Thursday, Oct. 23, said he will do his best to push through his injury and suit up for the team's Week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London. The ankles good -- just taking it day by day, Bush said. Im trying to do my best to just be smart, make sure Im healthy. Obviously I want to be out there on the field Sunday, and Im going to do everything I can to be out there on the field Sunday, but Im also going to be smart about it, too, so it feels good , practiced yesterday, and well see how it goes today.'

Our View: Of he plays we have him as no more than an RB3 and as his game is 9:30am EST (that's 6:30am for you poor folks out west), this is a risky play unless you know for sure he will be in the game or that you can avoid hitting the snooze alarm so you can get up and check the inactive list.
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Lions | Reggie Bush sitting out (Thu Oct 23, 10:04 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: The Lions will keep an eye on Bush here. If he's unable to practice later in the week then we'll see more from Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in Week 8.
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Lions | Reggie Bush limited during practice (Wed Oct 22, 12:29 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Let's watch this situation closely as the week of practice goes on. Bush should be able to practice fully on Friday--and if he does--then we see him as a RB2 with upside against a bad Falcons defense in Week 8.
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Lions | Reggie Bush bothered by ankle (Sun Oct 19, 06:55 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) was not benched in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. Bush only played a handful of snaps in the second half in favor of RB Joique Bell because his ankle was bothering him, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Our View: Bush might not be right until after the Detroit Week 9 bye. He has been a disappointment and Joique Bell should be the only viable Lions RB to start next week at Atlanta. The matchup is good and on turf, so if Bush has a good week of practice, perhaps he'll make for a good flex play.
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