Should the Detroit Lions rest Reggie Bush until he’s 100 percent?


Detroit Lions fans haven’t been shy about voicing their opinions on Reggie Bush this season. After eclipsing the 1,000 yard rushing mark and the 500-yard receiving mark in 2013, Bush has managed just 191 yards in 2014. He had 623 yards at this point last season.

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The reason for the drop off?

Half of the reason Lions fans have grown impatient with Bush is his inability to stay healthy. Throughout a majority of this season, Bush has battled nagging ankle injuries. Similar to that of teammate Calvin Johnson during the first half of the year. Bush has missed two of the previous four games and at least a portion of two more. It’s his worst start to the season since he missed eight of the first 10 games of 2010 while with the New Orleans Saints.

Bush returned from injury last week, during the Detroit Lions victory over the Miami Dolphins, (another of Bush’s former teams). He did manage 20 yards on just four carries, but again saw his action limited after aggravating his ankle injury.

With Bush dinged up once again, head coach Jim Caldwell may make the decision to sit Bush until he can totally heal up.

"“Certainly there’s that possibility,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think he’s (in) a bit of a tough stretch, but I do think he probably knows his body as well as anyone, and he felt he was really ready to go,” Caldwell said. “Just got hit the right way. This game is kind of odd. He was feeling good, running well, and just got caught the right way, and in the wrong position, and he had to take a few steps back.”"

Bush did not practice on Wednesday. If he does not play in Arizona this week, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick will see a majority of the carries.

And that would be the other half of the reason some fans have grown impatient — because Riddick can play.

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Theo Riddick is a similar running back in comparison to Bush. They both have the distinctive ability to juke someone out of their shoes on any given carry. Riddick is also believed to be a better receiver out of the back field by many.

It’s not that fans are calling for Bush’s head by any means, they simply want what is best for the team. Right now the best thing is to have a healthy Riddick in the game.

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