Detroit Lions stars Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush are both listed as probable for this week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson was able to participate in practice on a limited basis on Friday while Bush missed practice all together. Bush’s absence was considered precuationary and his is fully expected to be fine for this weekend.
Injury Outlook: We’ll start with the very simple one, Megatron: He’s going to play. He’s smack in maintenance mode during the week, as he really doesn’t need to be out there risking increased inflammation in his already sensitive knee, as last week showed us what he’s capable of, healthy or not. Megatron will have times when he appears limited, but he seems to be in a good place right now in terms of knee integrity and should be in for a big day against the Cowboys.
Bush’s situation is pretty straightforward too, but there is a sense of mystery as to why this would seem to pop up out of nowhere. He is not on the same type of maintenance program that Johnson is on, as Bush has been practicing considerably the last few weeks. I wouldn’t expect there to be some underlying serious issue going on, but it’s a bit disconcerting that Bush had his leg wrapped at practice without any reported injuries or setbacks. Bush has dealt with a knee issue this season, so it could just be a way for the Lions to ensure that he is 100% going into the weekend.
Unless you hear otherwise, both guys should be ready to go against a Cowboys defense that will be missing stud defensive lineman Demarcus Ware. Play them both this week.