METAIRIE, La. ― When Saints running back Reggie Bush broke his right fibula in New Orleans’ Week 2 win over San Francisco, the original timeline was 4-6 weeks.
Barring any setbacks, the fifth-year pro will hit that number exactly, returning for either the Week 7 game against Cleveland or Week 8 versus Pittsburgh.
But he’s not going to push it and get back too soon.
“You know, I think so,” Bush said Wednesday in front of his locker. “But at the same time, you may feel good, but you still may not be ready. And the last thing I want to do is have a setback. Even though I may feel like I can go out there and push it, still you have to take hits on it.
“And I think that’s when the test really comes, when you know you can take a shot on that injury.”
Bush said X-rays have showed the crack isn’t fully healed. That hasn’t kept him from running on a treadmill, in a pool or conditioning by bike, he said.
His next step is to start some “directional” running to see how it handles cutting left and right off of it.
“It’s a matter of rehab, and we’ll do probably another X-ray next week some time,” Bush said. “And that will kind of be, I think the deciding factor if I’m going to play the next week or if it will be the following week.”