Players have followed Caldwell’s lead on declining to talk playoffs, but they understand the gravity of the opportunity in front of them.
Ankle injuries have plagued Bush this season, causing him to miss five of the last seven games, including three straight.
The Chicago Bears are going to try to reach the .500 mark when they face the Lions in the opening game of the Thanksgiving Day triple header.
Head coach Jim Caldwell noted Monday that there is not one particular area on offense the Lions need to shore up.
The Lions rank 31st with an average of 82.4 rushing yards per game, fewer than any other team except the winless Oakland Raiders.
“Once I got to the locker room, I kind of remember some stuff,” Bell said. “[On the sideline] I didn’t remember everything, though. I can’t remember what I couldn’t remember, but by the time I got in I remembered just about everything.”
George Winn could be getting more help in the running game this week.
Leshoure rushed for 798 yards for the Lions in 2012 but played in only three games last season.
A big, bruising complement to the speedy Reggie Bush last season, Bell played in all 16 games and recorded 650 rushing yards.
Without a fullback in 2013, Bush and Bell combined for 1,656 rushing yards and 1,053 receiving yards.