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NOTEBOOK: Reggie Bush's injury, Pettigrew's performance and more

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Reggie Bush says he's not too concerned about knee injury suffered Sunday in Arizona

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson finished the day with two touchdowns, including a 72-yarder. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Reggie Bush admitted that he probably shouldn't have re-entered Sunday's game after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter. Bush took a helmet to the knee from Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson following a 26-yard reception.

"I went back in and tried to give it a shot, but I just wasn't myself," Bush said.

"We'll see what happens this week. I don't think it's anything serious."

The next step for Bush is rehab, which is something he certainly got used to this week. He was dealing with a sore knee, a dislocated thumb and a pulled groin coming out of last week's win over Minnesota.

In Bush's absence, Joique Bell became the featured back and finished with 31 rushing yards on eight carries and caught five passes for another 41 yards.

Those aren't bad numbers, but when Bush left the game, so did the explosive element of their backfield.

Bush attributed his fumble at the Lions' 7-yard line on the first series of the second half to the injury.

"It was 100 percent my fault," Bush said of the fumbled exchange between him and quarterback Matthew Stafford. "I was thinking about (the knee) and I wasn't myself."

Bush said he wasn't too concerned about the injury in terms of it being something long term.

"We'll just have to see how it goes tomorrow and take it one day at a time," he said. "I'm not too concerned about it. I'll do everything I can to get back even if I have to rehab 24 hours a day."

Head coach Jim Schwartz said Bush will get the full rundown of tests Monday in Allen Park.

"I'm sure we'll go through every fine-tooth comb on everything," he said. "I mean, he's an important player to us. We'll certainly do every test that we can."

PETTIGREW CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE
One has to wonder if it's more mental than physical at this point with tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

Coming off a performance last week that saw the fifth-year tight fumble the ball away, drop a pass and have a crucial holding penalty, Pettigrew dropped three more passes Sunday vs. Arizona.

A couple of them would have admittedly been tough catches, but those are the types of catches that separate players in this league.

The costliest of Pettigrew's drops came on third down with a little more than five minutes remaining in the game and the Lions clinging to a 21-19 lead. He dropped a 3rd-and-8 pass from Stafford down the seam that would have given the Lions a first down.

The drop was big because it forced the Lions to punt and the Cardinals won the game with a touchdown on their subsequent possession.

Pettigrew is off to a rough start in 2013, which just so happens to be a contract year.

MISSING FAIRLEY
The Lions were holding out hope talented defensive tackle Nick Fairley would be able to play Sunday in Arizona after injuring his right shoulder last week, but it just wasn't in the cards.

"You know, he's an important player to us," Schwartz said of Fairley. "He was a difference-maker last week but, again, we still have 11 on the field, they've got to step up and they've got to make plays.

"We were prepared for it. We knew going into the week there's a possibility of him not playing. We held out hope until the last day. He wasn't able to answer, but we have other players to go in there and play."

C.J. Mosley started in place of Fairley and had two tackles.

JERSEY EXCHANGE
Calvin Johnson and Patrick Peterson battled each other for most of the game Sunday – Johnson finished with six catches for 116 yards and two scores – but there was nothing but respect afterwards.

Following the final whistle, both players stood at the 40-yard line and exchanged game jerseys.

Johnson said he found out through one of Peterson's teammates that he wanted his jersey, so the two exchanged some pleasantries and then the jerseys off their backs after the game.

INJURIES
Receiver Patrick Edwards hurt an ankle on the very first play of the game for the Lions.

"At first he was able to go back in, we'll just have to wait and see how it responds," Schwartz said after the game. "But he wasn't able to finish, and that's never a great sign."

The Lions ended up using Kris Durham and Micheal Spurlock in that role the rest of the game.

Defensive end Jason Jones also had his right leg heavily wrapped and was walking with a limp after the game.