WEEK IN REVIEW: Will Reggie play at Washington?

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Reggie Bush is listed as questionable for Sunday's Week 3 game at Washington

Reggie Bush's status for Sunday's game at Washington has been the primary point of conversation surrounding the Lions this week.

Bush didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but did participate in limited fashion on Friday. He is listed as questionable on this week's injury report.

"The progress thus far since last Sunday has been really good," said Bush on Thursday. "I feel it's a lot further than I expected. It feels a lot better than I thought it would feel and I'm just happy where it is right now."

It's been a rollercoaster of a week for Lions fans considering the injury to Bush and the team losing a very winnable game at Arizona after leading by as many as eight points in the second half.

The potential to go 2-0 was an exciting one only to have it taken away. The primary culprit? Penalties and dropped passes.

"I know it was a tough loss for the fans as well, especially with the way we started a couple years ago when we went to the playoffs -- fans want to see that again," said Calvin Johnson in his weekly blog.

"The idea of 2-0 was exciting, and we ended up losing a very winnable game."

Now 1-1, the Lions attention is on the Washington Redskins, who are desperate for a win at 0-2.

  • A casual glance at the stats heading into this game and it's hard not to feel good as a Lions' fan. The Redskins rank last or second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed, yards per play, rushing yards per game and rushing yards per attempt. On the flip side, however, Washington's offense is sixth, sixth, 19th and third, respectively, in those same categories.
  • The Redskins have lost to Philadelphia at home and to Green Bay at Lambeau Field. They fell behind early in both matchups, handicapping their offense into a pass-only attack.
  • "You don't really get to go into your game plan, which really does suck because we have some great plays in our game plan," said Washington QB Robert Griffin III. "When you get down so many points, you have to go far away from that. You end up throwing the ball almost every down."
  • Another question regarding the Redskins' offense is the health of Griffin. The second-year QB is coming off an ACL injury, which some speculate is limiting his mobility.
  • Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is familiar with Griffin from his college days at Nebraska and says he will give the former Baylor quarterback the respect he deserves.
  • "To me, you have to respect him no matter what," Suh said. "Every time (I’ve played against him) he’s done something spectacular with his feet, let alone something with his arm. You have to respect him no matter what."
  • Whether or not DT Nick Fairley plays on Sunday will impact Griffin and the Redskins' offense. Fairley didn't play last week due to a shoulder injury. He is listed as questionable on this week's injury report.
  • WR Patrick Edwards is listed as out for this game, meaning fans could see WR Ryan Broyles' first game of the 2013 season. Broyles has been inactive Weeks 1 and 2 because coaches didn't think he could handle the full workload of a regular season game. Without Edwards, however, the Lions could use another inside threat.
  • The quick-passing game will also be a necessity for the Lions this week. Washington is a team that brings the blitz, which makes the idea of playing without Bush a tough one.
  • Stafford has shown he is strong when it comes to quick-passing. Of his 635 passing yards over the first two games, 360 of those have come on underneath routes.