Reggie Bush Injury: Updates on Lions RB's Thumb and Groin
Detroit Lions fans got to see the good and the bad of new running back Reggie Bush on Sunday as he put up 191 total yards in a 34-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, but he also suffered a couple injuries that could potentially linger moving forward.
According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Bush dislocated his left thumb and pulled his groin in the first quarter of Detroit's season opener. While Bush returned to action and was a big reason for the Lions' impressive win, he already seems to be walking on eggshells in the injury department.
Based on Bush's explanation of the thumb injury he suffered, it was a pretty gruesome scene, but he was able to persevere and thrive against the Vikes.
"[My] thumb's all right," Bush said. "It'll probably start killing me in a little bit once everything wears off. I dislocated it early in the first quarter and it was facing the wrong direction.
"They just popped it back in. Thankfully I was able to tape it up and carry the ball in my right hand."
Guyism's Senior Editor A. Isaac captured the incident via Fox Sports programming:
Bush is expected to play Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press passed along a statement from Reggie Bush discussing his injuries following yesterday's limited practice:
"All the parts are still here, my limbs are still here, I'm in one piece,'' [Reggie] Bush said with a smile.
"I definitely welcome it, I'm a competitor and I love having the ball in my hands and being able to make plays and help will my team to a win,'' Bush said. "It felt good to get this last one and to know I was a big part of it, helping it felt really good especially being my first game as a Lion.''
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 10
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press confirms that the Lions have no plans to limit Reggie Bush despite the new star running back getting hurt in Week 1:
Coach Jim Schwartz said Monday he has no plans to limit Bush’s workload for the sake of sparing his body wear and tear.
Monarres followed with a statement from Lions head coach Jim Schwartz:
“We’re going to go win games and score points,” Schwartz said. “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 kind of things 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.”
Reggie Bush has always had an incredible amount of talent dating back to his college days at USC, but injuries have held him back at the NFL level. In fact, Bush has only played all 16 games in a season twice over the course of his career, and he is in the midst of his eighth NFL campaign.
With that said, Bush missed just one game in two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and he eclipsed 200 carries in each of those seasons, so perhaps he is becoming more durable as he gets older. Bush is 28 years of age currently, and it's possible that he is finally hitting his stride as an NFL running back as well.
Based on how much quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offense rely on the passing game, most figured that Bush would have receiving numbers rivaling those that he put up while with the New Orleans Saints. That was already apparent on Sunday as he caught four balls for 101 yards and a touchdown, but he also added 21 carries for 90 yards on the ground.
Bush is going to be huge part of the offense this year if he can stay healthy, and he claims that he is fine despite getting banged up on Sunday.
"I know I said I didn't get beat up this game," Bush said. "Just had a few things here and there and was able to play through some of this stuff."
Hopefully Bush's assessment is accurate for the sake of the Lions as he adds a totally different dimension to the team.
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