Former (briefly) San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush is officially in court for a civil suit against the Los Angeles Rams and the city of St. Louis. The negligence lawsuit stems from an injury Bush suffered back in 2015 while playing for the 49ers.
Bush and the 49ers were in St. Louis to face the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. At the end of a play, Bush ran out of bounds, and when he got to a concrete ring near the stands that circled the field, he slipped and fell.
Initial fears were that Bush tore his ACL, but later reports described it as a torn MCL. It cost him the rest of the season, but he was able to come back and play for the Buffalo Bills in 2016. Bush retired after the 2016 season.
A week after his MCL injury, reports came out that Bush was planning on suing the Rams and the city of St. Louis. After the season, Bush formally filed the lawsuit, describing the concrete as a, “concrete ring of death.” I’m a fan of verbose descriptions in lawsuits. I’m all in on the concrete ring of death!
According to reports from the trial, Bush’s attorney said the injury cost her client when he hit free agency after the 2015 season. He signed a one-year deal with the Bills worth up to $1.5 million. It included a $1 million base salary, a $375,000 signing bonus and a $125,000 roster bonus. Bush’s attorney said, “He would have gotten a much better contract if he hadn’t suffered a season-ending knee injury.”
Bush turned 31 prior to his final season. He appeared in 13 games with the Bills, finishing with seven receptions for 90 yards and 12 rushes for -3 yards.