Bush gets precautionary MRI after third limited practice

Updated: May 16, 2006, 4:46 PM ET
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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints decided to have Reggie Bush undergo an MRI on his left hamstring Tuesday morning after he spent all three days of rookie camp limited primarily to watching practice or participating in drills in which he was not expected to go at full speed.

Bush and Saints coach Sean Payton so far have shown only minimal concern about the injury.

"It feels good but obviously not 100 percent," said Bush, adding that he could not recall ever having a hamstring injury before. "That's why we're taking precaution."

Bush said he expected to be "100 percent" by the end of the week, well ahead of the Saints full-squad minicamp slated for June 2-4.

While Bush's exceptional speed, his ability to quickly change speeds, and his agility is what Saints fans and coaches alike are so eager to see, Payton was more concerned that Bush simply learned his new offensive system.

"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 said.

Bush was able to run when he wanted, racing forward at the end of the last practice to haul in a kick that was falling a good 15 yards in front of where he had set up to receive it.

Coaches would have preferred he didn't even do that much.

"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."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.