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| Megatron, Pettigrew, Bell miss practice -- Wed Dec 25 1:00 pm --|
Lions could be without key personnel in Week 17
|Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, running back Joique Bell and starting right tackle LaAdrian Waddle were among the nine players who did not take part in the Lions’ Christmas practice today. Johnson is battling knee and ankle injuries, and the Lions (7-8) are weighing whether to shut him down for the year. Pettigrew missed last week’s loss to the New York Giants with a high ankle sprain. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: The Lions placed Pettigrew on IR so he will miss Week 17, meaning Joseph Fauria will get the start at TE. Megatron has been battling a knee injury for some time now and he's no guarantee to play this week.
|Bush benched after fumble -- Sun Dec 22 6:45 pm --|
Joique Bell does heavy lifting in Week 16
|Reggie Bush, the Detroit Lions’ biggest free-agent acquisition of the off-season, found himself benched for the second time in six games Sunday because of recurring fumble problems that have left a black mark on the season. Bush lost his fourth fumble of the year in the first half of Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to the Giants and playing sparingly the rest of the game. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: Joique Bell carried the ball 20 times and had 10 receptions in Week 16 while bush rushed 12 times and caught 2 passes. Theo Riddick played in the second half while Bush watched from the sidelines. The Lions are in free-fall, having lost four of their last five games and have given away a golden opportunity to make the playoffs.
| Bush expected to get regular reps -- Mon Dec 16 2:55 pm --|
RB aggravated calf injury prior to Week 14
|The Detroit Lions are expecting RB Reggie Bush to take on his regular allotment of snaps this Monday night, according to a report from ESPN. Bush has a calf injury that kept him out of last week's game against the Eagles. He was a limited participant in practice on Friday and Saturday and listed as questionable.
Though he's expected to play, eyes will be on Bush during pre-game warmups. On the snowy field before the Eagles game last week, Bush tweaked his already injured calf while warming up, which caused him to miss the game. (National Football Post)|
FF Today's Take: In other words, Bush is about in the same spot he was last week, when he aggravated the injury while jogging. Joique Bell still makes a strong play on Monday Night Football as Detroit could easily decide to ease the load on Bush at any point during the game. Calf injuries are extremely tricky, putting Bush and Bell owners in a bit of a bind.