Bush, Phillips expected to return Sunday

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Bucs and Saints just announced their injury reports for Sunday's game and there are a couple situations worth watching.

New Orleans running back Reggie Bush, who hasn't played since suffering a knee injury Oct. 19, officially is listed as questionable. But Bush and coach Sean Payton are talking like the running back definitely will play Sunday. Defensive end Jeff Charleston also is questionable and fullback Mike Karney is out.

For the Bucs, safety Jermaine Phillips, who has been out with a broken arm, is listed as questionable. But coach Jon Gruden said he expects Gruden to play with some sort of padding on his arm. Presumably, Phillips will step right back into his role as the starting strong safety. Quarterback Brian Griese and tight end Alex Smith are questionable. The Bucs also added guard Aaron Sears to the injury report with an "illness'' and listed him as questionable. If Sears is unable to play Sunday, rookie Jeremy Zuttah likely would take his place. Receiver Ike Hilliard is probable.