Saints training camp preview: Three players headline group entering contract years _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints free safety Jairus Byrd (31) and New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) practice at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Thursday, May 28, 2015.


For all intents and purposes, Rafael Bush is back to full strength.

Bush took part in all of the Saints’ OTAs this week and looked like he was moving well in full-speed work during Thursday’s practice, which was open to the media.

But the veteran safety is still playing it carefully as he returns from a broken fibula suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals last season. A broken fibula usually takes four to six weeks to heal, but he had surgery to fix some of the damage.

“It just depends on how I feel,” Bush said. “If I can go the whole practice, then I will, but if there’s any time or point where I feel like I don’t have to necessarily push it, because it’s still early, and like I said, we have a lot of time, I just give the coaches a heads up.”

Bush is almost all the way back from the injury, but he’s still trying to get his strength back to pre-injury levels.

“I can go out there and do some things, some things I’m not 100 percent at as far as certain skill sets, like jumping as high as I normally can,” Bush said. “But that will come with repetition.”

Any limitations Bush has now should be long gone before the Saints head to training camp in West Virginia.

“For the most part, I’ve been doing everything with the team,” Bush said. “I’m in a good place.”