Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush said sitting out Friday’s practice prior to Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys was for precautionary reasons. But Bush’s previous knee injury — this is a separate leg injury.
Still, Bush hopes to be able to go this weekend, even at less than full health. Restricted by head coach Jim Schwartz, who doesn’t like his players talking injury specifics, there was only so much Bush could say. But he did indicate that Sunday was happening in his mind, and the fact that he was listed as “probable” seemed to back that up.
"I'm fine," Bush said, via Mlive.com. "I'm playing Sunday. That's all you guys need to know. That's it.”
Bush was seen strapping a large floe of ice to that leg, but he said that it was not anything alarming.
"Just taking a day off," Bush said. "I ice everything. Just taking the day off."
As for the rest of the Lions, wide receiver Nate Burleson (forearm) and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (knee) remain out. The offensive line could be shorthanded if fellow tackles Jason Fox (knee) and Riley Reiff (hamstring), both listed as questionable, can’t go.
For Dallas, a few players remain dicey: defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh), listed as doubtful, and receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and running back DeMarco Murray (knee), both questionable.
Now here’s a look at the rest of the key injuries for Sunday’s Week 8 action:
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals: The big news is that Steven Jackson is likely back for the Falcons, his hamstring allowing him to practice this week. Still, it’s not all good news, as receiver Roddy White (ankle) still can’t go, nor can running back Jason Snelling (ankle). Cardinals running back Rashad Mendenhall (toe) looks shaky, listed doubtful. Offensive guard Daryn Colledge (back) is questionable.
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints: It’s looking as if Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) and linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) both will miss the game, designated as doubtful. Expect Fred Jackson, even with a knee injury, to shoulder a big load. For the Saints, tight end Jimmy Graham (foot) was limited in practice this week, but they are hopeful he can play. Right tackle Zach Strief (ankle) is questionable.
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe (groin) is questionable for the Chiefs, which is too bad because he appears to be turning the corner this season. And perpetually banged up safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle) once more is questionable. Browns linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) is doubtful and defensive end Billy Winn (quad), who is questionable, could leave the defense slightly thin.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots: There’s a decent chance that Danny Amendola, who has passed initial concussion testing, could play — but he’s still listed as questionable heading in. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly remains out for New England, but five other key contributors also are listed questionable: running back Brandon Bolden (knee), offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (shoulder), receiver-punt returner Julian Edelman (thigh), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) and corner Aqib Talib (hip). Welcome back, Tom Brady, probable, right shoulder — we’ve missed you. The Dolphins appear fairly healthy.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick will start with his now-healthy hamstring intact, with Matt Barkley as the backup and Nick Foles out with a concussion. David Wilson remains out for the Giants, and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is doubtful, so expect a Michael Cox-Peyton Hillis two-headed monster again.
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals: Santonio Holmes is out, and center Nick Mangold (ribs) is listed as questionable, but otherwise the Jets come in relatively healthy. The Bengals are without cornerback Leon Hall, meaning Dre Kirkpatrick likely steps in as a starter, or at least more heavily rotated into the secondary.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders: The Steelers come in with no really new injuries. The Raiders will be without safety Tyvon Branch, and they could be without three key offensive linemen, all listed doubtful — Andre Gurode (quadricep), Tony Pashos (hip) and Menelik Watson (calf).
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars in London: Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon sat out Friday’s practice, but head coach Gus Bradley said it was a precautionary measure. Expect Blackmon to start; he’s listed probable. Some familiar 49ers defensive linemen are again questionable: Glenn Dorsey (hamstring), Ray McDonald (biceps) and Justin Smith (shoulder).
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos: Fear not! Peyton Manning, who is listed probable after sitting out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, has been cleared to play. But Champ Bailey (foot) will be out, and offensive linemen Orlando Franklin (ankle) and Chris Kuper (ankle) are questionable. The biggest concerns for the Redskins are defensive lineman Stephen Bowen (knee) and receiver Leonard Hankerson (foot), both listed as questionable.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: Tight end Jermichael Finley is out indefinitely, and his season very well could be over, but the great news is that he’s walking. Linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) is also out, and receiver James Jones (knee) is doubtful. For the Vikings, Josh Freeman’s concussion will put him out for this game and Christian Ponder back in the starting lineup.
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