Detroit Lions star running back Reggie Bush seemed like a full-go for last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he slipped in pre-game warm-ups and aggravated his calf injury. Bush’s aggravation was a serious one, and it puts his status for this week’s Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens in doubt, even if he says that he expects he’ll play.
Practice statuses are more valuable indicators of a player’s chances of playing than their optimistic quotes, but, in this case, we won’t know Bush’s Monday night status until Saturday’s practice. According to the Detroit News’s Chris McCosky, Reggie Bush is not practicing today, which means that his aggravation was at least mildly serious.
It’s further confirmation that Bush is far from a lock to play, but the fact that he isn’t practicing today doesn’t tell us anything beyond the obvious. We all expected Bush to miss today’s practice due to the calf injury, because it would have been difficult to envision him practicing on the first session following the aggravation. That said, he’s a toss-up for this week’s game, and it’s risky starting him in fantasy if he ends up being a game-time decision this week. Bush may expect to play, but, again, nobody should be taking his words with too much weight. He’s not going to say that he doesn’t expect to play, and, as we saw last week, you never know what can happen. Keep a close eye on his practice status throughout the week, particularly Saturday’s session.