Saints hopeful of Reggie Bush return

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he's optimistic Reggie Bush will be able to finally come back from his broken right leg at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Bush, who's missed eight games since fracturing his right fibula, is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis this week.

Payton says it was tough to gauge whether Bush is 100 percent because the Saints did not practice at full speed this week, opting instead for light workouts and walkthroughs during the shortened week.

If the Saints decide not to play Bush, Payton says fullback Heath Evans could see more action as a ball carrier because Ladell Betts is out with a sprained neck.

Chris Ivory and Julius Jones are New Orleans' only other healthy running backs.