NOTEBOOK: Reggie Bush, Devin Taylor both ready for Sunday; also Tillman vs. Megatron

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Both veteran RB Reggie Bush and rookie DE Devin Taylor say they're ready to go Sunday vs. Chicago

Reggie Bush was asked Wednesday if he anticipated playing vs. Chicago on Sunday in a big early-season division showdown.

He simply looked forward and said: "Yes."

He missed last week’s game in Washington because of a bruised knee, but was a full participant in practice Wednesday and said he felt "good."

"I felt like it’s been forever, but it’s only been a week," Bush said after practice. "It was good to get back in there today. Just to get back in to the swing of things.

"Getting my feet back underneath me and start to lay out this foundation and get ready for the Chicago Bears. Obviously it’s a big game since it’s a division opponent. We have our work cut out for us this week."

Running back Joique Bell played well in Bush’s absence last week (rushing for 63 yards and catching another 69), but the Lions will need all hands on deck, including Bush’s big-play ability, vs. a tough Bears defense this weekend.

"Knowing that the Bears do a great job at creating fumbles, forcing turnovers and interceptions we have to be even more focused on not turning the ball over," Bush said.

"Ball security has to be our No. 1 goal for us in this game. Every time we are on the football field, no matter who has the ball in their hands, they have to practice good ball security. Two hands on the ball in traffic as we like to say."

Bush had 191 total yards (101 receiving and 90 rushing) in a Week 1 victory over Minnesota.

He is one of only three players (Bell and Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles) in the NFL with at least 100 rushing yards and 145 receiving yards.


A lot of has been made over the last couple days about what the Lions are going to do to replace injured receiver Nate Burleson.

The plan to replace injured defensive end Jason Jones has kind of flown under the radar.

The Lions signed veteran Andre Fluellen to take Jones’ roster spot, but expect rookie Devin Taylor to be active Sunday. The fourth-round pick says he’s ready to deliver, too.

"It just feels good that they actually have confidence in me," Taylor said. "I take pride in and coaches take pride in (getting to the quarterback) and I want to show what I can do on Sunday."

The Lions are likely to use Taylor in certain packages that play to his strengths, which is his size (6-7, 276) and long arms.

"I think he’s going to get in the game and play within his system," veteran defensive end Israel Idonije said. "Do what he knows how to do.

"They are going to put him in the game in situations where they know he can be successful and just do what he naturally does. He’ll get in there and make plays."


The Lions are hoping receiver Patrick Edwards can be one of the players who steps up in the absence of Burleson. But first, Edwards has to get himself out of the training room.

He suffered a high ankle sprain in Arizona two weeks ago and returned to the practice field for the first time today.

"High ankles are the worst," Edwards admitted after he was a limited participant in practice. "I have a mild high ankle sprain and the doc said I’m ahead of schedule, so we’ll see how it feels on Sunday."

Edwards said he’s anxious to get back because of the bind the team is in after losing Burleson to a broken forearm.

"There’s a lot of anxiousness," he said. (The Lions) are looking for us to contribute and make some plays and step up in the passing game. I’m really anxious to get back and make some plays."

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson and CB Charles Tillman (Photo: AP Images)


It seems like every week receiver Calvin Johnson has a big matchup vs. an opposing cornerback and this week is no different.

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is one of the league’s best.

"I think we all play this game because of the competition," Tillman said in a conference call. "We like to compete, we’re competitors. I think Calvin is probably the best competitor in the game right now at the receiver position."

That being said, Tillman doesn’t expect to be matched up with Johnson all game.

 "As of now I’m just on the right side," he said.


The Lions released defensive tackle Justin Bannan on Wednesday, leaving an open spot on their 53-man roster.

Bannan played a reserve role for the Lions the first three weeks of the season and had just one tackle.

To take his place on the roster, the Lions claimed defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, according to reports.

The Lions don’t typically announce waiver claims until the player has passed a physical.

Smith was drafted in the third round by Jacksonville in 2010, but spent his first two seasons on injured reserve. He played in played in eight games for Jacksonville last year, but again found himself on injured reserve to end the year.

He was traded to Seattle before the start of the regular season this year. He played in two games for them before his release.

The Lions also signed wide receiver Charles Hawkins to the practice squad to spill the spot vacated by cornerback Chris Greenwood, who was signed to the Cowboys' active roster.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Hawkins played collegiately at Southern University. In 2012, he caught 31 passes for 467 yards and seven touchdowns  for a Jaguars team that finished 4-7.

The undrafted rookie was in training camp with Cardinals, but was part of their final cuts.