Running back Reggie Bush denied a report he fell before the Lions' game against the Eagles in snowy Philadelphia, but said Wednesday he wasn't healthy enough to play. Bush, who said he expects to play Monday night against the Ravens, was fighting a calf injury in the week leading up to last week's game, and while he was jogging, he aggravated the pulled muscle. "I didn't fall," he said. "It was definitely icy out there. There was definitely a lot of snow, but I didn’t fall on the ground or anything like that. I was just out there jogging. I wasn’t even really going hard. I was just jogging, and it just grabbed on me." "I've never missed a game for a pulled muscle, so I look forward to getting back this week.” Watching the game from the sideline was frustrating for Bush, especially as the Lions continue their push for the NFC North title. The Lions lost Sunday, 34-20. "I've never missed a game for a pulled muscle, so I look forward to getting back this week,” Bush said. Bush was active for the game but didn't play a single snap. He told coaches before the game he felt good but said Wednesday sitting was the right call and not simply a precautionary measure due to the weather. "I couldn’t go," he said. "I couldn’t even sit here and lie and say I would’ve been able to push through it. I couldn’t push through it." Joique Bell started in Bush's place and had 23 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown as well as four catches for 58 yards, but Bell lost two fumbles in Eagles territory. For the Eagles, shifty back LeSean McCoy ran 29 times for a team-record 217 yards and two touchdowns, so if the speedy Bush was healthy, he may have had a similar impact.
Lions' Reggie Bush denies he fell before Eagles game, expects to play Monday
Detroit News | Dec 12