NOTEBOOK: Lions aren't going to limit Bush and Suh fined $100,000 for illegal hit

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Despite some bumps and bruises, Reggie Bush will retain his current workload and Ndamukong Suh apologizes to teammates for hit that cost him a $100,000 fine.

Reggie Bush proved Sunday he could carry the load for the Lions offense.

Bush also proved he’s a tough football player when he dislocated his left thumb and pulled a groin early in the game and still racked up 191 total yards on 25 touches.

Bush said after the game his injuries were minor and that he actually felt really good.

Head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that Bush's injuries will not change how the Lions use him.

“We’re going to go win games and score points,” he said. “Reggie’s a tough guy.

“I don’t know how many running backs carry or touch the ball as many times as he did (Sunday), but anybody that did is probably experiencing the same kind of things."

Bush rushed 21 times for 90 yards and caught four passes for 101 yards in the Lions’ 34-24 win.

“His thumb happened on a pass. That’s life in the big city," said Schwartz. "You’re a running back in the NFL, there’s going to be some Mondays where you’re not going to be feeling great. Feel a little bit better when you get the win and when you make the plays that he made. That’s what we’re looking for from him and not anything else.”

Bush became the third player in Lions history with at least 90 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a game. The other two were Billy Sims in 1982 and Barry Sanders in 1990.

“I think it goes back to that dynamic we have on offense,” Schwartz said. “We have a couple unique weapons in Calvin (Johnson) and Reggie and then we have a lot of other guys that can fit in those places and everyone just needs to do their job and contribute to the offense. I think we had that this week.”


Ndamukong SuhDT Ndamukong Suh (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL Tuesday for his low hit on Vikings center John Sullivan during DeAndre Levy’s interception return on Sunday, but avoided a suspension.

The fine is the largest ever levied to a player for on-field actions. Suh has the opportunity to appeal the fine.

Suh, a team captain, stood in front of the team and apologized for the hit in a team meeting Tuesday morning.

“He just said basically that he can’t make those type of mistakes and he can’t put us in a position where we have to battle back from mistakes like that," veteran receiver Nate Burleson said. “He also said that with him having a target, and people looking for him, they’re looking at us (as a team).

“After he sat down and few guys screamed ‘I love you.’ We’re a family.”

Suh apologized to Sullivan in the tunnel during halftime Sunday.

Burleson said Suh specifically apologized to Levy in the team meeting for taking a touchdown of his off the board. The Lions threw an interception on the very next play, which made the penalty even more costly.

It’s the fifth fine of Suh’s NFL career.

“I hope he appeals it, man, because I don’t think that was worthy of being fined $100,000,” Burleson said.