|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Reggie Bush is set to return to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday for his first NFL action since fracturing his fibula against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. Bush’s performance is still questionable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he expects to play, having had a chance to practice this week on his broken leg.
A fractured fibula is a pretty serious injury, and Bush has still been limited in practice this week. Of course, the Saints could be holding him back to prevent further injury, but I generally take it as a bad sign when a player doesn't participate fully in practice the week before he's set to return. Bush needs to be out there not only to test the strength of his injured leg, but to reacquaint himself with the reigning Super Bowl champs the Saints offense after missing so much time.
Bush is certainly an above-average punt returner, and he provides the Saints with an explosive threat on special teams. Though Lance Moore has done an adequate job filling in for Bush, he does not provide the same type of big play potential that you get from Bush. No offense to Moore, but he just isn't feared as a returner like Bush is. Sportsbook listed New Orleans that has the league's No. 25 rushing offense at just 93.7 yards per game. Maybe a little spark from No. 25 will change that by opening up the running lanes for his fellow Saints running backs. Bush has scored 33 touchdowns three different ways: in the return game, on the ground and through the air. He's busted a 55-yard run, a 75-yard reception and a 71-yard return. Bush is a big play waiting to happen.
With Bush on the mend, the Saints have gone 4-3, including two disappointing losses to the Arizona Cardinals and the Cleveland Browns.
Coach Sean Payton said Bush had a good week of practice and is optimistic about his chances. The Saints ruled out halfback Pierre Thomas (ankle), tight end Jeremy Schockey (ribs) and safety Daren Sharper (hamstring). Safety Malcoom Jenkins (neck) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (ankle) practiced on a limited basis this week were listed as questionable. Tackle Jonathan Stinchcomb (knee) and running back Chris Ivory (shoulder) were probable.
A lot of people will point to other reasons as to why the Saints haven't performed all that well with Bush on the sidelines. But Bush's return against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday is an important one for a Saints team that has been forgotten about despite winning the Super Bowl last season.