Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle both announced on social media this week that they were undergoing surgery.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
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.