Reggie Bush has missed two of the Detroit Lions last three practices, but the running back said during an appearance to promote the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens today that there’s nothing wrong with him physically.
“I feel good,” Bush said. “Nothing’s wrong, just Coach (Jim) Caldwell’s all about keeping guys healthy. He’s such a players’ coach, and I’ve been waiting for a coach like this my whole career.”
Bush had the second 1,000-yard rushing season of his career last year despite missing two games with an assortment of injuries.
He leads the Lions with 105 yards rushing on seven carries this preseason, and scored on an 86-yard romp in last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Caldwell, who’s closely monitored the reps of veterans like Calvin Johnson, Dominic Raiola and Rob Sims this preseason, said today that Bush sat out practice to rest.
Bush is not expected to play in the Lions’ preseason finale Thursday against the Buffalo Bills.
“He gets it,” Bush said of Caldwell. “He understands what it takes, he understands the formula of winning and it’s rare. It’s rare to have a coach like this.”
Bush made an appearance at a Royal Oak Taco Bell today to present Bria Gregory of Oak Park with a $10,000 scholarship check on behalf of the fast food chain’s Foundation for Teens, and this season he’s joined the restaurant to pledge $2,500 to local Boys & Girls Clubs for each touchdown he scores.
In the Lions’ eight regular-season home games, the money will go to clubs in southeastern Michigan. In the team’s eight road games, a club in the visiting city will receive the donation.
“I already got a good one this last game. That’s a good start, right?” said Bush, who scored seven touchdowns last year. “I’m going to have to up my numbers.”
By | Dave Birkett