Reggie Bush RB DET 9 Days2 Comments

The Lions have released Bush, the team's official site reports.

Releasing Bush frees up some added cash to aid in the team's hoped-for re-signing of DT Ndamukong Suh. Bush will look to catch on elsewhere, presumably as a change-of-pace option, while the Lions will move forward with a backfield headed by Joique Bell, with Theo Riddick on hand to absorb some of Bush's previous duties, especially as a pass-catcher. George Winn is also under contract with Detroit, with the team also likely to consider adding a running back in the upcoming NFL draft.

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Bush had eight carries for 37 yards and a touchdown, adding three receptions for 10 yards on five targets, in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Bush flashed his speed on an 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but he otherwise had a pretty quiet game. Joique Bell had 85 scrimmage yards on 16 touches (four cathces), with Theo Riddick contributing 39 yards on four receptions. While all three running backs are signed for 2015, Bush could end up as cap casualty, now that Riddick seems capable of filling a pass-catching role.

Reggie Bush RB DET 2 Months

Bush had five carries for 19 yards and caught 3-of-6 targets for 22 yards in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.

Other than a 14-yard run at one point, Bush was quiet, as Joique Bell and Theo Riddick were more effective, although Riddick's production came late in the fourth quarter. Even still, Bush doesn't appear to have much of a burst, at least to the naked eye, which could mean his previous ankle injury is still a factor. If you're participating in a playoff league, Bush will play this weekend at Dallas, but it's hard to get excited about him, with Bell seeing most of the work in the team's backfield.

Reggie Bush RB DET 2 Months

Bush had seven carries for 54 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as six catches on seven targets for 44 receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Bears.

Joique Bell was benched for the first quarter of the game, which gave Bush early opportunities, and he took advantage with a 13-yard touchdown in the opening quarter. However, Bell finished the game with almost double the carries (13 to seven), while Bush did most of his work on passing downs. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Packers, with the winner taking home the NFC North title. Bush had 99 total yards and a touchdown against Green Bay back in Week 3.

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Bush (ankle) had three carries for seven yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for 10 yards.

Bush saw less work than last week, as he continues to deal with a lingering ankle injury. Meanwhile, Joique Bell once again led the Lions' backfield in touches, gaining 62 yards on 15 carries, while also catching 4-of-6 targets for 41 yards. Bush will have a favorable matchup in Week 16 at Chicago, but it's hard to trust him, given that he's not fully recovered from his ankle issue.

Reggie Bush RB DET 3 Months

Bush (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Joique Bell remains the lead back in Detroit, but Bush's 12 touches last week were his most since Week 4, and he was a frequent target in the passing game. Still, he didn't do much with his opportunities, and it is hard to rely on him given the ankle injury and the lack of production.

Reggie Bush RB DET 3 Months

Bush (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Bush's remarkably persistent ankle issue just won't go away, as he was held to two limited practice appearances this week after struggling his way to just 34 yards from scrimmage against the Buccaneers on Sunday. It's just not easy to have faith in Bush's fantasy viability at the moment.

Reggie Bush RB DET 3 Months

Bush (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Kyle Meinke of reports.

In his return to practice, Bush had some restrictions in his activity, but his mere presence raises the hope that he'll suit up Sunday against the Vikings. While his status may clear up by week's end, the Lions' backfield is populated by Joique Bell, who has averaged 20 rushes and 2.7 catches per game over the last three contests. Consequently, Bush will likely play second fiddle to Bell for the second week in a row.

Reggie Bush RB DET 3 Months

Bush (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

A sprained ankle forced an absence from drills Wednesday, but Bush's presence in any capacity forecasts active status for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Meanwhile, his backfield mate, Joique Bell, has played the part of a workhorse back over the past three games, averaging 20 carries and 2.7 receptions per outing. Consequently, even if Bush takes the field in Week 15, his snaps could cap his touches to the 12, including eight carries, received this past Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Reggie Bush RB DET 3 Months

Bush (ankle/back) didn't practice Wednseday, Dave Birkett of Detroit Free Press reports.

In his return to action from a three-game absence Sunday, Bush managed 12 touches, which was nearly doubled by Joique Bell's 23. While Bush remains the starting running back, when active, the Lions appear to be managing his reps with a watchful eye in order to avoid a setback. In any case, owners should watch his status closely as the weekend approaches.