San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush appears to have torn his ACL in the team’s 27-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Such an injury would end the former USC Trojan’s career, and more than likely mean the end of his storied football career.
The injury occurred halfway through the first quarter on a punt return. Bush slipped on a concrete area behind the bench and went down in a heap in obvious pain. It was the same area in which Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown suffered an injury to his shoulder:
Two weeks in a row in St. Louis. That’s Reggie Bush (top) and Josh McCown (bottom): pic.twitter.com/nzEZ9hHrkX
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 1, 2015
He was carted off the field with a downtrodden look on his face, suggesting the running back sensed it was serious.
Though the MRI results have yet to come in, the reports should confirm what was apparent. A torn ACL is no longer the death sentence for NFL players that it once was, but for a running back who is on the wrong side of 30 years old, it seems likely Bush has played his final down of NFL football.
In four games this season, Bush has rushed for 28 yards on eight attempts and caught four passes for 19 yards serving as the primary backup and change-of-pace back for Carlos Hyde.
Bush missed time in 2015 due to a calf injury, but had recovered fully from that ailment before the knee injury on Sunday. Also injured on the day were Steve Smith, Le’Veon Bell, Matt Forte and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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