For the past few days, Texans fans have been thanking their
lucky stars that their number one draft pick is not already injured. The same
can’t be said for the overall number two pick, Saints RB Reggie Bush. Bush has
been sidelined for the past three days due to a hamstring injury.
Bush was expected to be the number one overall pick by the
Houston Texans, but was passed over in favor of DE Mario Williams.
While rumors have abounded about the seriousness of the
injury, it looks like Bush will be 100% again soon. The New Orleans Saints will
begin their full squad mini-camp June 2-4. Bush first injured his hamstring on
Saturday during his first mini-camp practice with the Saints. Since that time,
Bush has been forced to take it easy, only participating in walkthroughs while
watching the rest of the practices from the sidelines.
Bush underwent a precautionary MRI on his left hamstring on
Tuesday and the prognosis is positive. Bush had hoped to have the procedure
done on Monday, but had to be rescheduled so he could make a personal
appearance. Saints coach Sean Payton says that it does not look like a
potential long term injury, but they are taking precautions to make sure that it
does not develop in to a chronic injury that could be devastating for the
"He's been able to get these walkthrough snaps and mentally
he understands what we're trying to do. ... He's following along with the
scripts," Payton told the Associated Press. "The last thing I want is something
that all of a sudden goes from being not too big, to becoming a deal that, all
of a sudden, he's not in minicamp," Payton said. "So I just want to make sure
we're being smart and not being dumb. The good news is it's felt better. Just
from talking to Reggie himself, I think it's something that's minor."
Bush is expected to reach 100% again within a week, which
is great news to the Saints organization.
Peyton wants Bush to be working hard to learn the Saints
offensive scheme since he is expected to make a direct and immediate impact.