Some speculation arose last Sunday when the Detroit Lions opted to sit running back Reggie Bush for the game against the Washington Redskins because of a knee injury sustained the previous week. The notion was that the Lions were giving Bush the week off so he would be ready for the Bears.
If that was the case, it appears to have worked.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) was held out of practice, as was safety Louis Delmas (knee) and guard Rob Sims (shoulder). But Bush returned to practice in full on Wednesday for the Lions.
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Bush accounted for 191 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in game one, including 77 on a catch-and-run touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford. He was the Lions’ No. 1 offseason acquisition in free agency, landed at the outset with a four-year deal worth potentially $16 million.
The move was necessitated by the unfortunate run of concussions suffered by former No. 1 tailback Jahvid Best, who was sidelined for a year-and-a-half with the head injuries and was finally released last offseason.
“Think about when we had Jahvid [Best] that playoff year,” said Detroit coach Jim Schwartz. “That’s what Reggie brings to the table as well, that explosiveness that he can score at any time when he gets the ball. It makes everybody else be on their Ps and Qs to get in there for extra blocks because he can do that.”