| Running Back, Detroit Lions
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|Draft: 2006 Round 1 (2)
DOB: 1985-03-02 Age: 29
|After five mostly injury-plagued and somewhat disappointing seasons in New Orleans, Bush was traded to the Dolphins prior to training camp last season. Most pundits expected that Bush would continue to tease with his potential and fall short of the lofty expectations that accompanied him based on his outstanding college career, culminating in the Saints drafting him with the 2nd overall pick in the 2006 draft. Although Miamiís oft-stated objective was to make Bush a workhorse back, that was met with much skepticism given that the team had traded up in the 2nd round to acquire Kansas State product Daniel Thomas. Bush started the season slowly, gaining just 243 rushing yards, 97 receiving yards and scoring once in the teamís first six games. After that, he came on strong, rushing for 854 yards and six touchdowns while chipping in 199 receiving yards over last nine games. During that stretch, he topped 100 rushing yards five times, including his final four games, and hit double-digit fantasy points eight times. In 15 games (he sat out Week 17 with a knee injury), Bush set career-highs in rushing attempts with 217 (60 more than his previous high set in 2007), rushing yards with 1,097 and rushing touchdowns with six. The Dolphins scaled back his involvement in the passing game and he averaged fewer than three receptions per game for the first time in his career. For 2012, Bush rates as a risky high-end RB2 and it will be a surprise if he matches the 11th place running back ranking he had in 2011 given the new west coast offense being installed by head coach Joe Philbin. Expect Bush to be more of a hybrid back with less running up the middle or more time spent slit out wide as a receiver.
| Reggie Bush still not practicing -- Wed Dec 10 3:07 pm --|
Tweaked ankle in week 13
|ALLEN PARK -- Reggie Bush played a complete game for the first time in more than two months.
Three days later, it looks like he's on the mend again.
The tailback missed practice Wednesday as the Detroit Lions (9-4) began preparations for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-7).
Bush had eight carries for 26 yards Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plus four catches for eight yards. He said he was happy to finally finish a game, but also said he tweaked his ankle, which probably is what kept him from practicing.
FF Today's Take: Joique Bell has touched the rock over twenty times in each of Detroit's past three games. He should continue to lead the way for the Lions' rushing game as Reggie Bush nurses a sore ankle. Bush's fragile ways make him very risky to trust during the final weeks of the fantasy season.
| Reggie Bush expected to play in Week 14 -- Tue Dec 2 10:33 am --|
RB's ankle good enough for limited practice on Monday
|As is his custom, Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't shed much light Monday on the team's four injured starters ó offensive guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and left tackle Riley Reiff (knee).
Bush has been practicing and is expected to play this week. (Detroit News)|
FF Today's Take: That's what they said last week, only to have Bush be a surprise inactive on Turkey Day. PPR maven Joique Bell is really the only Lions RB we'd trust in standard 12-team leagues.
| Reggie Bush not expected to play -- Sat Nov 22 5:30 pm --|
|Hearing Reggie Bush is a no-go for the Lions big game in New England Sunday. Not ready to go yet. Still working to get back (Jason LaCanfora via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Bush's ankle injury has bothered him for the better part of a month. With Bush out, Joique Bell will become a viable RB2/FLEX option but he's only scored double-digit fantasy points in four games this year. Theo Riddick will also be involved in a pass-catching role out of the backfield.
| Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson miss practice -- Wed Nov 19 4:33 pm --|
Detroit offense faced with more injuries
|ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are struggling to get all their running backs healthy at the same time.
After his season-best rushing performance against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Joique Bell didn't practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The team also continues to take a cautious approach with All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle).
FF Today's Take: Detroit's backfield has become a week-to-week carousel for fantasy owners this season. With Joique Bell (ankle) missing practice and Reggie Bush (ankle) limited, it is unclear who will receive the bulk of the work come Sunday. Meanwhile, Calvin Johnson owners continue to sulk as he now works his way through an ankle injury. In short, several of Detroit's fantasy weapons are banged up and you will need to check back later in the week to see who is able to suit up for Week 12.
| Bush Questionable, missed practice all week -- Fri Nov 14 4:20 pm --|
Unlikely to play
|Reggie Bush spent the open portion of practice today working on the side with a trainer, and the Detroit Lions are holding out hope he can play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (4:25 p.m., Fox). Bush, who aggravated a sprained ankle in last week's win over the Miami Dolphins, was listed as questionable. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Bush didn't practice all week which is as good as sign as any that he won't play on Sunday. In his absence, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick will handle running back duties.
| Reggie Bush may sit Week 11 -- Thu Nov 13 11:46 am --|
Nagging ankle injury continues to be an issue
|Caldwell said there's a possibility Lions sit Reggie Bush much like they did with Megatron to get that ankle right. Was a response to question. (Tim Twentyman via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Bush's nagging ankle injury has made him unreliable as a fantasy running back. The last time he topped 50 total yards in any game was Week 4. If he does sit, Joique Bell becomes a low-end RB2 with Theo Riddick moving into FLEX consideration in PPR leagues.
| Reggie Bush limited on Sunday -- Mon Nov 10 11:30 am --|
Ankle injury continues to bother Lions' RB
|Caldwell on Reggie Bush's limited role: "He just got a little nicked up during the course of the game so he wasnít able to do as much as heíd like". (Dave Birkett via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Bush hasn't topped 6.5 fantasy points since Week 3. He continues to miss time on Sunday's because of a nagging ankle injury. As a result, he can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
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