Saints will be fine without Bush

MIKE RUTSEY, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

In New Orleans, they are now referring to the date and time as A.B. After (Reggie) Bush.

The Saints all-purpose running back is out with a broken leg, but in New Orleans they are not overflowing with grief as the team has been down this road before with Bush missing playing time to injury in parts of the past three seasons.

So they know how to get along just fine without him.

In fact, they actually perform better with Bush out of the lineup.

The Times-Picayune points out that the Saints averaged more yards (430.7) and points (33.3) in the 12 games Bush missed the previous three seasons than they did in the 37 games that he played 379.1 yards, 26.5 points.

Under the offensive scheme devised by coach Sean Payton, the ball is spread around, in their running game and especially in their passing game.

As much of a breakaway threat as Bush poses, his role can be filled by a number of replacements.

So Lance Moore will likely take over his punt return duties while Pierre Thomas should get his carries and one of the trio of Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem will be used when the Saints go to their spread offence.

Were going to have to change up the game plan a little bit, Thomas said of playing without Bush. Weve played without him and stepped up to the challenge, and were successful with it, also. Weve got a lot of playmakers on this team.


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