Lions Fantasy News

Reggie Bush expects to play Week 8

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:23am

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Lions RB Reggie Bush expects to play against the Falcons Week 8 in London.

"I'm fine," Bush said Tuesday before a community event at the University of Surrey, located about an hour from Central London. "I mean, I'm not 100 percent. But I haven't been 100 percent since high school.

"Got rolled up on a few times and injured in the (Saints) game. But I felt fine after the game, though. Didn't have any setbacks, and that's the most important thing. Looking to just continue to progress every week. I'll be on the field Sunday."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a great matchup against the Falcons but the potential is certainly there for the ankle injury to come up again.

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Pierre Thomas (shoulder) to miss 2-3 weeks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 10:04am

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Running back Pierre Thomas will miss two to three weeks with a shoulder injury, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Thomas left Sunday's loss to Detroit early with the shoulder issue.

On the season, Thomas had just 30 carries for 133 yards, but will be seriously missed in the passing game. Thomas has by far the most targets out of any Saints running back, 29, and has come away with 26 catches so far.

Fantasy Impact:

This is potentially great news for Mark Ingram owners. We heard a lot in the offseason about Ingram's pass-catching ability. Before he got hurt he had just four catches and added two more his first week back last week against the Lions. Khiry Robinson will also get his work, but Ingram could be in store for a big boost. The Saints play Green Bay in Week 8, and it's shaping up to be a great matchup for the NO rushing game.

Calvin Johnson back on field running

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 9:57am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Lions are one of the best teams in the NFC right now, and they've been succeeding with only sporadic help from the best offensive skill position player in football, WR Calvin Johnson.

"I'm back running," Johnson told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Tuesday. "That's a great thing for me right now."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson sat in last week's comeback win over the Saints after a lengthy pregame workout. The article made it seem like Johnson is eager to get back on the field this week. However as the story pointed out, with a bye looming in Week 9, sitting Johnson again makes a lot of sense if the Lions feel they can get through Week 8.

Calvin Johnson will make trip to London

Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions have played without wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the last two weeks, but the door will remain open for his return in Week Eight even though the team will be playing a long way from home.

The team leaves for London on Monday night to begin their week of preparations for next Sunday’s game against the Falcons and coach Jim Caldwell told reporters, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Johnson will be making the trip with the team.

Fantasy Impact:

There have been suggestions that the team would hold the wide receiver out until after their Week 9 bye, but that clearly hasn’t been set in stone, the story said. Johnson worked out on the field before the team took on the Saints, but his high ankle sprain wasn’t well enough for him to return to action. It's a potential great matchup against the Falcons.

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 8:12pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his right ankle/foot heavily wrapped in the second half. He finished the game anyway. He had four catches for 28 yards.

Reggie Bush bothered by ankle injury

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 8:11pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Reggie Bush would touch the ball only one time in the second half, and played sparingly during the second-half comeback, making this a disappointing reunion for the former New Orleans tailback.

Coach Jim Caldwell made it clear after the game, though, that the struggling tailback was not benched for his performance.

"No, absolutely not," Caldwell said.

Rather, Bush is dealing with another ankle injury.

He was seen on the sideline testing out the right ankle during the second half of the game. He did eventually return, though Detroit (5-2) preferred to use Joique Bell in the backfield for most of the second half.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell rushed for just 48 yards but did have a TD. We'll have to see his status for Week 8, a dreamy matchup at Atlanta.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. Bush is expected to play against his old team. It will be the first time that he’s faced the Saints.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Ingram should return to his lead back role, though he doesn’t have a good matchup against a stout Lions rush defense. There is also the possibility that the Saints ease him back into the lineup by giving Khiry Robinson extra work.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 7. Reggie Bush is back in the fold, so Riddick wasn’t going to be much of a fantasy factor even if he did play.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Saints RB Pierre Thomas (illness, probable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 7. Thomas fell ill this week, but should be back in the mix for touches against the Lions.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 7. HC Jim Caldwell implied it would take a “miracle” for Johnson to play in Week 7. The team is reportedly considering benching him through the Week 9 bye to let the ankle fully heal. For his part, Johnson said he would “very seriously” doubt that he wouldn’t play against the Falcons in London in Week 8. The Lions play early on Sunday.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions WR Jeremy Ross (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Ross could be in line for extra snaps and targets with Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron both likely to miss Week 7 against the Saints.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 7. Ebron’s likely absence will leave Matthew Stafford very shorthanded in the receiving department with Calvin Johnson also likely out.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Bush is expected to play against his old team. It will be the first time that he’s faced the Saints.