November 9, 2015
Reggie Bush Suing The City Of St. Louis Over Season-Ending Injury [Video]

Reggie Bush has hired an attorney and is suing the city of St. Louis, Missouri, over the fact that Bush suffered a season-ending injury during the Week 8 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. Reggie Bush's football season is over due to a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL). The injury occurred when Bush slipped on the concrete at the St. Louis Rams stadium. Reggie Bush was returning a punt in the first quarter. Instead of being tackled, the Rams forced Bush to run out of bounds. Reggie was trying to slow himself down before he hit the wall where the fans are and he slipped and fell into the wall. Last week, Reggie had surgery to repair the torn MCL. When Reggie was approached after the game, he was not upset about what had happened.

"I'm not angry that it happened. It is what it is. Everybody else has played on it, so you can't be mad about it now."

Reggie Bush changed his mind about how he felt about the injury and decided that he was going to sue the city of St. Louis. Bush hired attorney Shawn Holley, who is famous for working with many celebrities. Holley was part of O.J. Simpson's defense team and also was an attorney for Lindsay Lohan.

Reggie Bush and his attorney are suing the city of St. Louis for gross negligence. The reason that the city is being sued is because St. Louis owns and operates the stadium in which the Rams play.

This is not the first time a player has slipped on the concrete in St. Louis. Josh McCown, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, slipped in Week 7 on the concrete behind the benches. The St. Louis Rams complained to the NFL and the city about this safety hazard. The NFL Players Association has also been trying to get some changes made so that the concrete area is made safer.

Some people are concerned that this injury may end up being a career-ending injury for Reggie Bush. The reason for this is that Bush is 30-years-old and he has a history of being injured. Bush signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers for $1.6 million. In the contract, Bush had the potential to earn a roster bonus of $500,000 and a bonus of $18,750 for every game in the regular season that he would play in.

An MCL tearI for a running back is always scary. The MCL is one of four ligaments that stabilize the knee. The ligament is most commonly torn by a quick twisting motion of the knee or from a hyperextension of the knee due to a fall. During surgery, the surgeon will replace the ligament with a tendon from another part of Bush's body. The most common location that these tendons come from is the hamstring. A donor MCL could also be used from a cadaver. The new MCL will then be surgically attached.

Reggie Bush Suing The City Of St. Louis Over Season Ending Injury [Video]
Diagram Of Knee Anatomy. [Image via YouTube Screen Capture]

Rehab can start during the first week after surgery. The exercises that will be done first will be low impact such as a stationary bike. As Bush recovers his range of motion in his knee, strength exercises will be added to the rehab program. The rehab goal will be for Bush to recover complete range of motion and be able to lift as much as he was before his injury. The entire process can last between six and nine months. Bush will then have to talk with his doctor and find out if he will be able to play football again.

Do you think Reggie Bush has a viable lawsuit against the city of St. Louis?

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