Detroit Lions Injury Update: Reggie Bush Misses Practice In London

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | 0

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Heading into their Week 8 match-up with the reeling Atlanta Falcons in London, England, the Detroit Lions are dealing with nagging ankle injuries to two of their most prominent stars.

Lions reporter Tim Twentyman reported that running back Reggie Bush missed today’s (Thurs., October 23, 2014) practice after getting in a limited practice yesterday:

Bush’s ankle injury caused him to miss Week 6, and he wasn’t much of a factor in the team’s Week 7 win over the New Orleans Saints. He could have a reduced workload if he does play in London.

Star wideout Calvin Johnson did participate in practice, however, and it’s looking like his Week 8 status will come down to a game-time decision. When asked how his recovery from a high ankle sprain was progressing, Johnson told reporters (via that it is going well, enabling him to test it more in practice:

“Good. We’re doing everything from straight-forward running to moving laterally as well. Things are going good. We’re moving in a positive direction.”

But even though he’s been able to practice more amidst positive signs, Johnson knows that he can’t push the envelope and risk re-injury, something that already happened to him against Buffalo in Week 5:

“You want to push it. I want to push it, but we’re trying to be smart about it. Trying to take advice from the training staff that they are giving me and go with that.”

That sounds like the best course of action for Johnson and his team, because he was clearly ineffective as a mere decoy in Weeks 3 and 4.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell is now of the philosophy that they’ll only bring “Megatron” back when he is fully healthy, and truth be told, they don’t necessarily need him all that bad right now.

The Lions sit atop the NFC North with a 5-2 record, and they’re playing a Falcons team who simply can’t protect their star quarterback Matt Ryan. With the best defense in the league, Detroit should have a heyday with Atlanta’s undermanned and ineffective offensive line.

After that, they’ll get a bye in Week 9, so perhaps it’s best for Johnson to sit out through then. Free agent signee Golden Tate has filled in admirably for him, and if Bush is unable to play against Atlanta, Joique Bell should be able to run all over the Falcons’ incredibly weak rush defense.

They may have some annoying injuries that won’t seem to go away, but the future is still looking very bright for the Detroit Lions.

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