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Ravens bracing for 'matchup nightmare'' Reggie Bush

The Ravens' defense is bracing for an encounter with versatile Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, blocking out plenty of time to prepare for his all-purpose capabilities.

Bush had a calf injury that kept him out Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he told Detroit reporters Wednesday that he intends to play Monday night against the Ravens.

"He's Reggie Bush, he's a dynamic player, makes plays all over the field, catching  passes, running the ball," outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw said. "The guy's very shifty. He's one of the most athletic players in this league. I've been watching him play since college, watching him run all over the field. It's going to be a great opportunity to play somebody like Reggie Bush."

Bush leads the Lions with 854 rushing yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns. He ranks second behind wide receiver Calvin Johnson with 48 receptions for 448 yards and two touchdowns. He's complemented by backup Joique Bell, who's rushed for 504 yards and seven touchdowns.

At 6-foot, 203 pounds, Bush's game is built around his speed and moves. The former USC star has rushed for 5,016 career yards and 36 touchdowns, catching 417 passes for 3,178 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"He's a matchup nightmare no matter where he is on the field," defensive end Chris Canty said. "They spread him out in space. One of the things he's not getting a lot of credit for his ability to run between the tackles. Reggie Bush is pretty amazing.

"We have to understand where he is at all times when he's in the game. The key will be limiting what they do on the ground and playing great team run defense. We've got to take the running game away from them in order to give ourselves a chance to be successful."

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