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Lions running back Reggie Bush was limited in practice again Tuesday, nursing injuries to both his ankle and his back. Bush has missed three of the Lions past four games and four games on the season. He's been largely ineffective when he does play, rushing for just 191 yards and one touchdown on 53 carries. He's contributed just 26 receptions for 169 yards in the passing game.
Bears all-pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall was again limited in practice Tuesday, nursing a sore ankle. He should still be a full go when Chicago takes on Detroit in the first of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day triple-header. Marshall has put together an atypical season, hauling in just 52 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns.
Reggie Bush said earlier this week that he would play against the Patriots, but it sounds like he has pushed his ETA back a bit. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said Saturday that he's "hearing" Bush will be a "no-go" for Week 12 in New England. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported soon afterward that Bush actually has his eyes set on playing on Thanksgiving versus the Bears.
Bush has been bothered by an ankle injury since Week 5. He practiced in limited fashion throughout this week, but it appears he will miss his fourth of the Lions' last six games.
On a day of ups and downs in the saga of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the final piece of news on the matter today seems to be just that -- final. Or, at least it's final for this season. Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports reports that arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled that the NFL can keep Peterson on its exempt list, in essence all but assuring he will not see the field again in 2014.
Well, the good news is there aren't a lot of true game-time decisions to watch this morning. The bad news -- and part of the reason for that previous sentence -- is that many players have already been ruled out for today's action. You can read more about those guys at the bottom of this page. This field will be spent updating you on the injured stars who may or may not suit up for the 1 p.m. Eastern kickoffs. That list includes Marshawn Lynch, Mark Ingram, Anthony Fasano and Kyle Rudolph to name a few. Refresh this page consistently as we bring you the latest, starting at about 11:30 a.m.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along the word that the Lions will be without running back Reggie Bush this afternoon in Arizona. Bush has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past month and re-aggravated it during last week's win over the Dolphins. He didn't practice at all this week, but Rapoport's source says Bush should return in Week 12.
ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted Saturday morning that his "sense is" Lions running back Reggie Bush won't play in Week 11 because of his lingering ankle sprain. Bush played last week but was admittedly limited against the Dolphins after reinjuring his ankle in the early stages. He is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Arizona, but he didn't practice during the week.
Kyle Rudolph is getting set to play in his first game since Week 3. But a major question remains: How much will he play? Rudolph has been inactive since suffering a groin injury that required sports hernia surgery in late September. And considering that Rudolph, whom the Vikings signed to a six-year, $37 million contract during the summer, has missed 14 of the team's last 25 games due to injury, the coaching staff may play it safe with the Notre Dame alum. Head coach Mike Zimmer hinted at as much Friday.
"We'll have a plan for [Rudolph] on how many plays we'll want to use him in," Zimmer said. "We'll be smart with him."
But Rudolph said he is ready for as much action as the Vikings can literally throw at him.
"For me personally, I don't want to do anything that makes me come out of the game," Rudolph said. "If I'm going to be out there, I'm going to make sure that I'm out there 'normal'."
Rudolph practiced fully on Thursday and Friday. In two full games earlier this season, he caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Of course, that was before quarterback Teddy Bridgewater took over.