We’re only two weeks into the Reggie Bush-Detroit Lions‘ era and the talented running back has come away with injuries each week. Bush limped about from the Lions’ season opener with a sore groin and a dislocated thumb. In week two, his knee collided with a helmet and he had to leave the contest in some pretty serious pain. The Lions got everything they could have wanted from him in the opener, but it’s clear already that they can’t count on those results each week.
The good news is that Bush’s week two injury appears to be of the non-serious variety. Head coach Jim Swartz commented on his RB after the MRI results on his knee came back:
“The tests today were encouraging. He’s going to be sore but he doesn’t have anything that is going to be long-term,” said Swartz. But he added, “it’s too hard to speculate on injuries. That’s why I usually don’t.”
Translation – Bush is pretty banged up and he’s probably not going to be 100 percent for a couple weeks.
Everybody knew this was the risk the Lions were taking when they inked Bush in the offseason, but he showed the doubters why he was worth it in week one. Overall in his career, the rewards haven’t outweighed the risks. When he is healthy, he’s as dynamic as anyone. He just never seems to be fully healthy.
Swartz said last week that he wouldn’t change the way he’s using Bush. But after a second consecutive game where the end result was a banged up No. 21, you have to wonder if the head coach will alter his strategy moving forward.