Lions’ Reggie Bush wanted to play Sunday, guarantees Week 4 return
Team doctors and coach Jim Schwartz decided to keep Bush out of the Week 3 game, in order to give his left knee a rest, following an injury in the Lions’ game last week.
"We have to do what's right. The injury that he was dealing with is a little different than maybe if he was a quarterback of offensive lineman or something like that,” Schwartz said. “He can't control what's going on when you're a running back. You can't control where they're going to tackle you and things like that.”
Bush had been pushing to play all week long and came off optimistic on his progress despite missing a few practices earlier this week. That led to Bush’s status remaining uncertain against the Redskins, hours before Sunday’s game.
"He worked his butt off to get ready to play. He was in the training room 24 hours a day. He was sleeping with an apparatus on and stuff like that to try and get ready to play. I just made the decision that in this case we needed to have healthy guys in there and he completely understood."
Although Bush understood the Lions’ held him out as a precautionary move, the eight-year pro insisted he would be in the lineup had it been a playoffs game.
"I feel good, man. Honestly, I could have played today but it was coaches and doctors that decided it was best to sit this one out. Just to not risk any further injury,” Bush said after Sunday’s game. “If it was a playoff game, I would have been in there.”
But now, Bush will be focusing to get “100 percent” to play the in the Detroit Lions’ next game against their divisional rival the Chicago Bears.
"I guarantee I'll play next week," said Bush.
That’s great news for the Lions, who despite Joique Bell's contributions against the Redskins(63 rushing yards and a touchdown, plus four receptions for 69 yards), are a much better team offensively with Bush in the lineup.
Bush was a big offseason acquisition for the Lions after he spent the past two seasons in Miami, but flew under the radar this summer. The Lions signed Bush to a 4-year, $16 million contract in hopes that he’d serve as drastic improvement on the offensive side for a team that finished with a 4-12 record last year, but eyes a playoffs run this season. Bush proved himself to the Lions with a by putting up 191 total yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ season opener win over the Vikings. He followed that with 69 total yards against the Arizona Cardinals, before being knocked out of the Week 2 game with a knee injury. He did not return in the game and the Lions’ eventually lost 25-21 to the Cardinals.