The Detroit Lions without Reggie Bush essentially are the Detroit Lions of 2012, and those Lions won four games last season.
So the news Monday that Bush, who was off to a great start this season, did not suffer any major structural damage comes as a huge relief to the team that lost 25-21 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, a game the Lions led for much of the game.
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Head coach Jim Schwartz, who is notoriously tight-lipped about injuries, didn't appear too worried, even though he refused to speculate on Bush's status for Sunday against the Redskins in Washington.
"The tests today were encouraging," Schwartz said. "He's going to be sore but he doesn't have anything that is going to be long term.
"It's too hard to speculate on injuries. That's why I usually don't."
And yet we still ask ... because it's not like we can quote Bush himself and assume his Twitter joy was for sure about the knee.
No word yet on whether Bush might be able to play at Washington, a game in which something has to break. Yes, the Redskins are 0-2 this season, but the Lions are an incomprehensible 0-21 all time there. If Bush can't go, that mark might drop to 0-22.
In other major injury news:
• Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was spotted at the opening portion of practice, which lends credence to the reports that suggested he could play in Week 3 against the Buccaneers.
• Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady is likely to miss a few weeks with a foot sprain, per ESPN.
• The Jaguars got good and bad news on the injury front as it appears quarterback Blaine Gabbert will miss more time, but running back Maurice Jones-Drew should be ready to play this weekend.
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