The knock on Reggie Bush for most of his NFL career was that he is not an every down back. He is not durable, or big enough to take an offense on his back and carry the load. It would appear that this knock has given Reggie a big chip on his shoulder and he signed with a team that was more than willing to give him the opportunity to prove his critics wrong. After a week one performance that was nearly unprecedented for a Detroit Lions Running Back, the question becomes how long can Reggie and the Lions keep it up?
A brief glance through the NFL injury reports reveals a pretty long list of ailments for Mr. Bush. We already knew that Reggie suffered a dislocated thumb in the win over the Minnesota Vikings. We also knew that he had a pulled groin suffered in the first half of that game, and yesterday that Bush also hyper extended his knee in the Vikings game as well. It should be noted that Bush has been a full participant in Lions' practices all week.
It is expected the RB's at the NFL level with suffer and play with all manner of dings and scrapes, but given his history one has to wonder how long Reggie can continue with this work load. It is very true the limited amount of carries while with the New Orleans Saints means Bush has limited miles on him. However, Lions fans remain skeptical because it is unlike them to strike it so huge in the free agent market.
Let us not forget Bush is 28, and the real age to be concerned about with RB's is 30, and this is his 8th NFL season. He is a veteran and he looks to be on a mission to prove his skeptics wrong.
Bush did have the third most touches of any NFL RB in week one, and the Lions say they are going to go out and win games and score points and a big piece of that their offense does is giving Reggie this many touches. However, with a games worth of tape on him now one has to wonder what adjustments future Lions opponents will make to slow Bush down. The hope there for Lions fans would be that would open up Calvin Johnson as NFL defenses will struggle shutting both players down.