Monte Kiffin praises Reggie Bush

IRVING, Texas -- Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush missed Friday's practice as a precaution for a leg injury.

This season, Bush leads the team with 426 rushing yards and is second in receiving yards at 305.

Bush presents a problem for Sunday's opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, because of his dual-threat abilities to catch passes out of the backfield and run off the edge.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin had positive things to say about Bush.

"There’s no doubt about it. There’s no doubt. I remember when he was in that No. 25 jersey," Kiffin said of Bush's time at New Orleans. "He’s 21 now. Same guy. Whew! He’s fast. Catches screens and hits the hole fast. It does. He catches the ball out of the backfield and he never comes off the field. On third downs he’s still in there catching the ball, blocking. There’s no doubt: Their offense is good to start with, but he just gives an added dimension to it. You have to be careful loading the box and all those type of things."

The Cowboys will have linebackers Bruce Carter and maybe Sean Lee cover Bush out of the backfield for Sunday's game. Making open field tackles against a man who can beat you in space is vital to the Cowboys' success.

The Cowboys are also shorthanded with the loss of safety J.J. Wilcox, who is expected to miss the game with a sprained knee.

While the Cowboys are concerned with the deep-threat ability of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, taking on Bush could pose problems. The Cowboys have had problems with shorter running backs in the past, San Diego's Danny Woodhead scored two touchdowns against the Cowboys, but Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy was held in check.

It will be interesting to see how the team attacks Bush with all his speed.