Lions Fantasy News

Reggie Bush may not return until Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:05pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A lingering ankle injury caused Lions running back Reggie Bush to miss last Sunday’s loss in Arizona. He’s currently expected to miss Sunday’s game at New England.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bush intends to return on Thanksgiving, when the Lions host the Bears.

Bush practiced all week on a limited basis, fueling optimism that he’ll help pump up an offense that mustered only six points against the Cardinals. Officially questionable for Sunday, it’s looking like he won’t be ready to go until Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

If Bush does in fact miss Week 12, it looks like Joique Bell will carry the load again with Theo Riddick chipping in, perhaps especially in the passing game. It makes sense the team holds Bush out since it's going to be a short turnaround for a Thursday game. It's a decent enough matchup for Bell and Riddick owners as the Pats are 18th in allowing fantasy points to RBs.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Brady will be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Bell will play. The Patriots have been a pretty good matchup for opposing running backs this season. Bell could turn into a very good start if Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) doesn’t play.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. It looks like Bush will make his return against the Patriots, though the questionable tag leaves some doubt. If he can’t play, Theo Riddick would be a sneaky PPR play against the Patriots.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. The thigh injury won’t keep Edelman out of a tough matchup against the Lions.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. Megatron is ready to go for a tough matchup against New England.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Golden Tate (hip, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. It’s a new injury for Tate, but it appears that he’s fine for a tough matchup with New England.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Brady will be fine to face the Lions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Bell is on track to play. The Patriots have been a pretty good matchup for opposing running backs this season.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Bush will make his return against the Patriots. Joique Bell is nursing an ankle injury, so Bush could see extra work if he plays in Week 12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman landed hard on his shoulder, but stayed in the game against the Colts. The thigh injury probably won’t keep him out of a tough matchup against the Lions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Megatron often rests early in the week. No worries here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was limited Thursday after taking full practice reps Wednesday.

Pats Beat: Patriots may not run it much vs. Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss on the role of Jonas Gray in Week 12 and down the stretch: The Patriots have been high on Gray since training camp and Bill Belichick acknowledged that it wasn’t an easy decision to release him at the final roster cut down to 53 players in hopes of putting him on the practice squad. This is somewhat similar to the 2008 season when the Patriots had BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the practice squad initially before grooming him for a bigger role. At 230 pounds, Gray is a downhill runner who looks for contact. The one thing I’d say this week is that the Patriots, who pride themselves on being a game-plan type offense that changes significantly on a week-to-week basis to exploit the perceived weaknesses of the opponent, might not run it much because the Lions have been so good in that area (No. 1 in the NFL, 68.8 yards average per game, 3.0 average per rush).

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions have yielded a league-low 3.0 YPC this season, so the Patriots may instead feature a pass-happy attack if they can't get things going early with Gray between the tackles.