Saints to expand role for Reggie Bush

New Orleans Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

With New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush returning to the fold after a long absence with a broken fibula, Coach Sean Payton confirmed Thursday what seemed apparent against Dallas on Thanksgiving; namely, that the team plans to give Bush more duties the healthier he gets.

For example, Bush was not supposed to return punts in his first game back, Payton conceded, and the Saints paid dearly for having to use Bush in that role after wide receiver Lance Moore had trouble with the lights in Cowboys Stadium. Bush fumbled a punt in the third quarter, and the Cowboys ensuing touchdown pulled them within 3 points, 23-20.

"We'll get him more and more work as he progresses," Payton said Thursday.

After practice Wednesday Bush said he feels, "great."

The picture for the Saints three days before facing the Bengals in Cincinnati appeared to indicate a bigger role for Bush would be welcome, as running back Ladell Betts remains out of practice and running back Pierre Thomas, though more active than he has been in weeks, remains limited.

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