Lions' Bush re-injures calf, misses game

Lions' Bush re-injures calf, misses game
December 8, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Reggie Bush entered Sunday with the fifth-most yards from scrimmage this season. (AP)

Updated 5:15 p.m.

Pro Bowl running back Reggie Bush, one of the NFL’s most productive halfbacks, never took the field in the Eagles' 34-20 win over the Lions at Lincoln Financial Field.

Reports indicate that Bush aggravated a calf injury in pregame warmups. Bush, who had missed some practice last week to rest his calf, was active and expected to play but apparently slipped on the field and had his calf re-examined.

Shortly after kickoff, the team announced that Bush was questionable to play. He never entered the game.

Bush is the Lions’ leading rusher and entered the game with the NFL’s fifth-most yards from scrimmage. The Lions instead leaned on backup Joique Bell and rookie Theo Riddick. Bell came out with the rest of the Lions' offense on the game’s opening possession.

Bell ran for 69 yards and a two-yard touchdown on 23 carries (3.0 yards per rush) and caught four passes for 58 yards out of the backfield, while Riddick touched the ball only four times for 12 yards.

Bell came into the game averaging 4.1 yards per carry with 435 rushing yards and 814 yards total offensive yards, making him one of the league's better No. 2 backs. Bell spent a portion of the 2010 season with the Eagles but never got a carry.

Bush had the best game of his career in snow, a 25-carry, 203-yard rushing effort against the Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Dec. 18, 2011. He scored a 76-yard rushing touchdown, sliding feet first, to help Miami escape with a 30-23 win.