Stevie Johnson defends Bush, is enjoying time off

In what would seem a leading candidate for non-story of the week that then became a story, Reggie Bush drew the ire of many fans for suggesting via Twitter that he was actually enjoying his free time during the NFL-imposed lockout.

No, Bush hasn’t been taking part in workouts organized by Saints QB Drew Brees. But don’t be surprised that not everyone agrees with the criticism levied on Bush, namely his fellow NFL players. Echoing similar comments by DeAngelo Hall, Bills WR Stevie Johnson suggests most players are — gulp — thinking what Bush put out on Twitter and just trying to make the best of the time they’ve been given.

“That’s blown way out of proportion,” Johnson said. “There is not one NFL player who hasn’t enjoyed (time off during) the lockout. I’m just being straight up honest. I don’t think he should have to apologize for that. That’s terrible to even have to apologize for saying that. I’m having a good time during this lockout enjoying my family more and (getting new opportunities).”

That would seem to be a reasonable approach. Johnson’s perspective is that players are wired to want to play, and everything will change once the lockout has ended.

“Everybody in the NFL has that mode where they feel that when they wake up in the morning, they want to be playing football,” Johnson explained. “We’re professionals, we play football for a living. Everybody has that mode. But why not enjoy your time off? Once the lockout is over, everyone will be focused for what they have to do for their teams.”

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