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NFC South RBs coming and going

Two bits of news about NFC South running backs that aren’t all that surprising. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that New Orleans running back Reggie Bush plans to play Sunday against Seattle.

That’s been expected. There was talk Bush, who suffered a broken fibula early in the season, could have returned before New Orleans’ bye week, but the Saints wanted to make sure he was fully healed.

The Saints have showed they can win without Bush and have been doing it with an assortment of running backs. But Bush brings a whole different dimension to the offense because defenses always have to account for him and the Saints use Bush in motion a lot to help their receivers get favorable matchups.

The Saints have done a nice job without their offense producing the way it did last year. But having Bush back could really boost this offense as the Saints head for a playoff drive.

Schefter also reports the Panthers are considering putting DeAngelo Williams on injured reserve. Williams has been sidelined by a strained arch and isn’t expected to return anytime soon.

In a lost season for Carolina, shutting down Williams makes plenty of sense. But there’s a little twist here: Williams is not under contract for next season and the Panthers have showed no inclination to re-sign any of their own players until the labor situation is resolved.

It’s possible that Williams already has played his last down for Carolina. But he is talented and well liked by the front office. If a labor agreement is reached, whoever is coaching the Panthers next season will have to decide if Williams fits the offensive style the team is going to use.