After missing week three due to a knee injury, Reggie Bush will be suiting up for the Detroit Lions on Sunday when they take on the division-leading Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Bush was back at practice mid-week for the Lions, and told the media he will be playing in week four.
Last week against the Washington Redskins, Bush begged his coaches to let him play. But, with his best interest in mind, they decided to sit him. This week, Bush will get the start and likely have the usual load in the offense.
How effective will he be, though?
NFL.com’s Around the League reported that Bush showed “no other signs of injury,” but they also will be monitoring his status closely because you never know what the coaches will decide to do.
In an early and important matchup with the Bears, Bush’s presence on the field will mean quite a bit. Without him, they don’t have anything close to what he is — an all-around back that can make defenses pay in the passing game as well.
The Bears will likely be focused on stopping Calvin Johnson, but Bush will be their second priority. After compiling 191 total yards in week one, Bush clearly established what kind of weapon he will be for the Lions this year. The Bears should have their hands full dealing with such a versatile back.
But, will Bush be effective against a stingy run defense like Chicago, especially as he comes back from an injury? We’ll find out. If he feels even the slightest discomfort or pain, he will probably have a hard time against such a deep defensive line like Chicago. Come Sunday, we’ll find out just how healthy Bush is and what he can mean for Detroit going forward.