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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Lions to keep feeding Reggie Bush

By Michael Rothstein
ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions saw what new running back Reggie Bush could do in their offense Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Now, even though he has minor injuries, they don't plan on limiting him.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that Bush's dislocated left thumb and pulled groin will not change how the Lions use him.

"No, we're going to try and go win games and score points," Schwartz said. "Reggie's a tough guy. I don't know how many running backs touched the ball as many times as he did [Sunday] but anybody that did is probably experiencing the same kind of things [Monday]."

Bush had a career-high 227 carries last season for the Miami Dolphins.

He was asked Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" what he thought his ideal number of touches in each game should be. 

Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush gained 191 yards with a touchdown reception in his Lions debut Sunday.

"I'm not sure, because every game is different," he said. "You can never really game plan for the amount of touches you're going to get because every game is going to be different and every defensive coordinator is going to play you different. They're going to game plan you different.

"This last game, [I had] 25 touches and it felt great. I felt like I was able to really take advantage of my touches and I try to take the most of every opportunity every time I touched the ball or even when I'm out on the football field and hopefully just causing the defense to double cover me and other guys getting open."

Bush gained 191 yards in a 34-24 win over the Vikings with 21 carries for 90 rushing yards and four catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted eight times by quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Bush became the third player in Lions history with at least 90 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a game. The other two were Billy Sims and Barry Sanders. If Bush's production this season is anything close to what those two provided, Detroit's offense could be very difficult to stop.

"Later in the game they got out of their two-deep coverage and started pressing the line more, because they were having problems stopping the run,'' Schwartz said. "That's been something we've struggled to do against those guys for a long time -- haven't been able to get them out of their two-deep coverage, haven't been able to make them pay for playing light in the box. Reggie was able to do that.''

After the game, Bush seemed unconcerned with the injuries affecting his ability to play this week. 

Bush was on the field for 55 of Detroit's 80 offensive plays against Minnesota and it would have been more had he not missed some series treating his myriad ailments.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.