Not clear if Reggie Bush will face Redskins

Not clear if Reggie Bush will face Redskins
September 17, 2013, 10:15 am
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Skins looking for answers before facing Detroit

The Redskins’ struggling defense needs all the help it can get – and it might get some in the form of a key injury for the Lions.

Dynamic Detroit running back Reggie Bush suffered a knee injury against the Cardinals and, although reports suggest there's no structural damage, his status for Sunday's game at FedEx Field remains uncertain.  

Lions Coach Jim Schwartz called the injury “medium term” in his Monday press conference. Schwartz also seems intent on keeping the Redskins guessing about Bush’s availability, at least for now.

“I didn’t necessarily classify it as short term,” Schwartz said. “It’s just not long term. By default, I guess that’s short term. I guess it could be medium term. It’s too hard to speculate on injuries, and that’s why I usually don’t because I don’t usually like putting any kind of tag on things. You never know how guys are going to react to anything.”

In the Lions’ season-opening 34-24 victory over the Vikings, Bush led the Lions in rushing (90 yards) and receiving (101) and also was on the receiving end of a 77-yard Matthew Stafford touchdown pass. In Sunday's 25-21 loss at Arizona, Bush had 25 yards rushing and 44 yards receiving before exiting with the knee injury.

The Lions' offense struggled to get going again after Bush got hurt and ended up blowing a 21-13 third quarter lead.

“He’s certainly an important part of our offense,” Schwartz said. “Our offense was moving the ball really well in the first half. We were converting about half of our first downs in the first half. Second half I don’t we converted one. So obviously he meant a lot. Calvin [Johnson] was making a more plays in the first half because of the dynamic with Reggie. When he went out of the game, we weren’t really able to maintain that. If we’re going to be without him, we need to find other ways to move the ball and score.” 

Through two games, the Redskins’ defense has allowed 1,023 yards. Only the 1967 Falcons allowed more (1,025).

If Bush can’t suit up, the Lions would likely turn to Joique Bell to start and Mikel Leshoure as the second option.

In 18 regular season games, Detroit has never won at Washington.