Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) jumps over Green Bay Packers free safety Micah Hyde (33) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
DETROIT >> Reggie Bush had been patiently been waiting to get more involved in the Detroit Lions’ offense.
It happened on Sunday in the Lions’ 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field.
Bush combined for 99 yards. He had a dozen carries for 61 yards and six catches for 38 yards.
“We knew he had it in him,’’ center Dominic Raiola said. “The more opportunities he got, the more he took advantage of it. He’s just got more opportunities this week and we know how explosive Reggie Bush is.’’
The offense was emphasizing the run game in preparation for the game against the Packers.
“We talked about wanting to make our run game be more efficient and making sure that we took the necessary steps and made the necessary correction to make sure our run game was effective today,’’ Bush said. “Green Bay did a good job in the first half of slowing us down, but I think we kind of wore them down a little bit throughout the course of the game. We were able to put together a really good drive to end the game.’’
Bush had one carry for four yards in that drive that started with 6:54 remaining. But that was on a third-and-3 that would have given the Packers back the ball with three minutes left.
Joique Bell had five carries for 15 yards in that drive that ended with Matthew Stafford taking a knee to wrap up the game.
“(Bush) was great in the passing game, really good in the running game and was ball secure,’’ Stafford said. “It was awesome.’’
Tulloch, Carey injured
Stephen Tulloch injured his knee doing a celebration after he sacked Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It looked like he was trying to give Rodgers a little “discount double-check.’’
He forced a loss of seven yards on a third-and-10. The loss took the Packers out of field goal range.
Tulloch went back in the game, but came out two plays later and didn’t return.
He wouldn’t say much about his knee other than it felt fine. He seemed to be in an OK mood in the locker room, not all down and depressed if he was done for the season.
Coach Jim Caldwell also would not comment on whether it’s a season-ending injury. The coach said he had no problem with the celebration even though it led to injury.’“There’s got to be some enthusiasm in the game. That’s why these guys play, that’s why we coach because you have a passion for it,’’ Caldwell said. “That was a big moment. Things happen.’’
Don Carey played in his first game starting at nickel, but appeared to re-injure his hamstring. He also had a fumble recovery that he took in 40 yards for his first career touchdown. Caldwell would not comment on the extent of his injury.
This and that
Wide receiver Corey Fuller had his first NFL catch — a 52-yarder. ... Rookie Nate Freese was 1-of-2 on field goal attempts. He kicked one for 30 yards and then missed on a 41-yard attempt. He’s 3 for 7 in his first three games. ... Ndamukong Suh and Stephen Tulloch were each credited with a sack. ... DeAndre Levy led with 10 tackles with Darius Slay second with six. ... Jeremy Ross had two kickoff returns for a total of 56 yards and tow punt returns for 16 yards. ... Defensive end Larry Webster and defensive tackle Caraun Reid were active but didn’t play.
Tryout kicker killed
Kicker Rob Bironas, who tried out for the Lions last week, was killed in a car crash Saturday night near his Nashville home. He was a former Tennessee Titans kicker and a friend of Stephen Tulloch’s.
Bironas was a son-in-law of Hall of Famer and FOX broadcaster Terry Bradshaw who didn’t appear on the pregame show on Sunday.
Ins and outs
Defensive ends Ziggy Ansah (knee) and George Johnson (groin) were active for Sunday’s game. Both had been listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
While it’s been mostly bad news for the Lions secondary regarding injuries the first two weeks., safety Don Carey returns today to play in his first game this season. He’ll back up Isa Abdul-Quddus and Glover Quin. Carey can also play nickel.
Safety James Ihedigbo, who missed the first two games with a neck injury, is also inactive. He was listed as doubtful on Friday along with fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) who is also out. Abdul-Quddus will start again for Ihedigbo.
Cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle), right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and linebacker Travis Lewis (groin) were ruled out on Friday.
Garrett Reynolds started for the second straight game at right tackle.
Other inactives: Quarterback Kellen Moore and Ryan Broyles.
On Saturday the Lions signed cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the practice squad so they could have four corners today. To make room on the roster they released wide receiver Kevin Ogletree who had been inactive the first two games.
By Paula Pasche | Daily Tribune | September 21, 2014