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Ankle injury lingers but Reggie Bush expects to play

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions running back Reggie Bush said he expects to play in Week 12 against the New England Patriots after missing Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle injury.

The right ankle has kept Bush out of three games this season and limited him in three others, and the repeated aggravation of the injury is causing increased frustration.

"It's very frustrating because it's just one of those injuries that's been kind of lingering," Bush said Monday. "So I've been trying to do my best to get as healthy as I can and be as smart as I can about it. Obviously, I don't plan on getting injured when I go back in the game and that was just one of those things that happened last time I was out there.

"Hopefully not playing this past game will pay dividends for this week."

Bush didn't practice last week but worked extensively with trainers off to the side. He was listed as questionable for the Arizona game, but ruled out Saturday.

Bush first suffered the injury against the Bills in Week 5, sat Week 6, hurt it again in Week 7, sat Week 8 and injured it again in Week 10. Against the Dolphins in Week 10, he ran well on the first drive with three carries for 19 yards and had a 5-yard catch, but aggravated the ankle near the end of the first series.

"I don't care who you were," he said. "The way my ankle got bent, if I didn't have an ankle injury I would've had one after that play. It's just one of those deals. It's just unfortunate."

The Lions rank 30th in the NFL in rushing, averaging just 79.8 yards per game, but Joique Bell had a solid performance Sunday with 14 carries for 85 yards. Against the Patriots next week, the Lions will need to run well to keep the ball away from quarterback Tom Brady.

"It's going to be a tough place to win, but we're very capable of doing it," Bush said.

Extra points

Caldwell said he doesn't expected right tackle LaAdrian Waddle's ankle injury to be long term.

… Mike Pereira, a former vice president of officiating who now works for FOX, changed his mind Monday and agreed with the ruling that Jeremy Ross' fourth-quarter punt return should've been down at the 1, which was the call after an Arizona challenge.

"If you have both feet on the ground and you possess the ball, and you then throw it back into the field of play, the ball is dead as soon as you release it," Pereira said on the Rich Eisen Show Monday, according to Pro Football Talk.