NFL fans which have followed the career of RB Reggie Bush, know that he is seemingly always banged up in one way or another. After Sunday, Bush finds himself banged up once again. The Detroit Lions signed Bush as an answer to their sagging rushing attack and he didn’t fail to deliver in his first game. Bush carried the ball 21 times and added four receptions. For the first time in many games, WR Calvin Johnson was not the focal point of the Lions offensive scheme.
Fantasy owners that rolled the dice with Bush were rewarded with a 191 total yard day. Fantasy owners should also be aware that Bush did sustain some injuries. He dislocated his thumb, while sustaining groin and hip injuries. Despite the dings, the Lions say they have no plans on limiting his workload.
Head coach Jim Schwartz told members of the media as much on Monday. “We’re going to win games and score points. Reggie’s a tough guy. There’s probably, I don’t know how many running backs carry or touch the ball as many times as he did yesterday, but anybody that did is probably experiencing the same thing today.”
“His thumb happened on a pass. That’s life in the big city. You’re a running back in the NFL, there’s going to be some Monday’s where you’re not going to be feeling great. Feel a little bit better when you get the win and when you make the plays that he made. That’s what we’re looking for from him and not anything else,” added Schwartz.
The Lions should roll with the hot hand as long as Bush can sustain the workload. Be advised though, Bush has never carried the ball more than 227 times in a season. Twice in his career, he has over 200 carries.
Fantasy owners should enjoy the production from Bush while they can get it, but all owners of Bush should make sure Joique Bell is on their current roster. Bell was my top running back on the waiver wire list this morning.