Lions' Bush think he'll play; Johnson, Waddle unsure

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Bagshot, England — Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) are doubtful Sunday against the Falcons, while wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) are questionable.

After practice Friday, Pettigrew said "wait and see" when asked if he would be available, but Bush confidently said he'd be on the field.

"Yeah, still planning on being out there," Bush said. "I'm just trying to take the necessary precautions to make sure that I'm as healthy as possible."

Bush was limited in practice Wednesday, and though he was out Thursday and Friday, he said he didn't suffer a setback.

Waddle was a full participant Friday after missing two days, offering hope he'll be able to play.

"I'm feeling good," he said after practice, though he'll have to undergo more tests.

If Waddle is out, Garrett Reynolds or Cornelius Lucas will play Sunday. The two split time at right tackle when Waddle was out three weeks with a calf injury.

Waddle also confirmed a team statement Thursday saying he didn't tell the team about the concussion he suffered late in the fourth quarter last weekend, which is why he was allowed to return to the field for the final kneel-down.

"I was a little woozy, but I didn't really know what was happening," he said. "I didn't realize I had a concussion. I thought I was just, maybe I got shook up a little bit.

"I didn't talk to anybody until after the game. What else are they supposed to do?"

Johnson practiced for the third straight day but provided little clarity on his status.

Joique Bell likely will handle the bulk of running back duties, but if Bush is out, Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) would have an expanded role.

Kick of a visit

Havard Rugland, better known as "Kickalicious," visited Lions practice at the Pennyhill Park Hotel.

"It's always nice to meet old friends," he said.

Rugland, 30, spent the 2013 offseason with the Lions, losing the kicking competition to veteran David Akers in camp. Although he'd never played football, the Lions signed Rugland after seeing the precision with which he kicked on a trick-shot video.

In three exhibitions, Rugland was 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 50 yards.

Rugland, who earned endorsement deals with Pepsi and Gillette since his cup of coffee in the NFL, plans to attend Sunday's game. Even though the Lions released him, he said he's been a fan of the team.

"I've been watching every Lions game, especially the last one was pretty sick," he said. "That was the best game I ever watched."

Rugland never had even worn a football helmet before joining the Lions. After he was released, he had a workout with the Packers.

Now, he's waiting for another chance to impress an NFL team.

"You can't plan in this business, so I'm just going to be ready if an opportunity comes," he said.

Extra points

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (toe) is probable.

... The Lions captains will be center Dominic Raiola, Ansah and linebacker Josh Bynes (special teams).

… Tight ends Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) are out.

… Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (foot) and wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) are questionable.