Reggie Bush Expects To Play Against Patriots

Reggie Bush sat out his third game of the season Sunday against Arizona. He’s not planning on missing a fourth due to injury.

The Detroit Lions’ running back said Monday he expects to play against the  New England Patriots as he continues to heal from an ankle injury suffered in Week 5 against Buffalo and aggravated often over the past six weeks.

“It’s very frustrating because it’s been one of those injuries that’s been kind of lingering,” Bush said. “I’ve been trying to do my best to just get as healthy as I can and be as smart as I can about it. Obviously, I don’t plan on getting injured when I go back in the game.

“It’s just one of those things that happened last time I was out there so hopefully not playing this past game will pay dividends for this week.”

The 29-year-old appeared to be healthy again coming off Detroit’s off week to face the Dolphins. Then he was hit again in the first half in a spot that aggravated the injury again, once again knocking him out.

It was the second time the ankle had been aggravated in a game, as he also tweaked the ankle when he tried to return against New Orleans in Week 7. He then practiced one day in England prior to Week 8 before shutting it down and sitting out against the Falcons prior to the off week.

So it has been a lingering issue for Bush, who has 191 yards rushing on 53 carries and 169 receiving yards on 26 receptions this year.

“The last time, the last game, there’s not much I can do. I don’t care who you were. The way my ankle got bent, if I didn’t have an ankle injury, I would have had one after that play, so it’s just one of those deals.

“It’s just unfortunate. All I can do is just kind of get myself back as close to 100 percent as possible to be able to play this weekend.”

This is a game where Bush could be heavily utilized.

Bush has had success in the past against New England. In 2011 with Miami, Bush had 139 yards of offense, including 113 yards rushing, in a 27-24 loss to New England. It was the sixth-best rushing game of Bush’s career.

 

 

 

 

 

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