Saints' Bush says ankle injury not that serious

Updated: October 29, 2006, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

Reggie Bush

NEW ORLEANS -- Saints rookie running back Reggie Bush injured his left ankle on a short reception late in New Orleans' 35-22 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but later said he still expected to play next week in Tampa Bay.

"I'm looking forward to" playing, Bush said after limping from the shower to his locker following the game.

Bush was wrenched to the ground by linebacker Bart Scott, who rolled over Bush's lower legs as the two spun down.

Bush sat on the field for several minutes and winced as he was examined by trainers. He then limped to the locker room with help from team staff.

"I just sprained my ankle a little bit," Bush said. "It hurt at the time obviously but it's feeling better now."

Bush had 16 yards rushing on five carries and four catches for 5 yards, but also fumbled and threw an interception before the injury.

It was his worst game of the season.

"We didn't touch the ball a lot because of turnovers, and the fact we didn't get many first downs, that didn't help," Bush said. "They held us. Their defense played well."

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