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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Week 15 injury update: Reggie Bush

By Stephania Bell

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush has not practiced since aggravating his calf in pregame warmups Sunday. As fantasy owners are well aware, Bush did not play as a result, despite being declared active minutes earlier. Now the question is: What to expect for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens?

Well, a return to practice would be a nice start. After being held out Thursday for what he described as precautionary reasons, Bush says he expects to practice Friday, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. How much or how little he does could go a long way toward setting expectations for Monday’s game. Bush told the Detroit Free Press he had not missed a game because of a muscle pull prior to last week. Perhaps not, but he has only played all 16 regular-season games just twice in his career. And while he is just 28 years old, one could make the argument that the accumulated wear and tear of being a running back in the NFL combined with his previous injuries qualifies him as an injury risk.

Bush has certainly looked strong when he’s taken the field this year, reinvigorated even, in this Detroit offense. But calf injuries can be stubborn, even when they are minor. And the explosiveness Bush has displayed this season may be compromised if his calf is not fully cooperating. Bush said he expects to play this week, but until he takes the field Monday night and gets through the game without a setback, he retains some risk.