Los Angeles Rams Will Pay Reggie Bush $12.5 Million For 2015 Knee Injury

By Fitzgerald Cecilio
on Jun 13, 2018 09:29 PM EDT
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Retired NFL running back Reggie Bush scored a big win outside the gridiron after a jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay him $12.5 million in damages for the knee injury that he suffered in 2015. Bush, then a member of the San Francisco 49ers, suffered a knee injury against the Rams, who were then based in St. Louis.

A jury awarded Bush compensatory damages worth $4.95 million for his lost years in the NFL. Also, the jury granted Bush $7.5 million in punitive damages. The Rams did not comment on the decision, but their lawyers say they plan to ask for a new trial.

Bush Suffered Season-Ending Injury

Bush suffered the injury against the Rams at Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 1, 2015, after he slipped on some concrete when he ran out of bounds on a punt return. Bush suffered a season-ending torn lateral meniscus, which later derailed his playing career.

In his lawsuit against the Rams, Bush insisted that the organization allowed a dangerous condition to exist at the Dome and called the area where he got injured as "a concrete ring of death." The rusher claims that the injury cost him a bigger deal rather than the $1.5 million contract that he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2016.

Bush's lawsuit also included St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, but they were later dropped as defendants.

That year, Bush finished with just 12 carries for minus-3 yards. He also had seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. After that season, Bush's 11-year NFL career came to an end.

The 33-year-old Bush is now working as television analyst for the NFL Network. In his 11-year playing career, Bush earned a total of $63,196,734, per Spotrac.

Bush A Former First Round Pick

Bush was selected second overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft out of USC. The Saints signed Bush to a six-year rookie deal worth $52.5 million. In 2008, he signed a four-year extension worth $32.9 million, but he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

Bush played for the Dolphins for two years before he signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Detroit Lions in 2013. Two years later, the Lions released Bush, who then joined the 49ers on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. In his career, Bush ran 1,286 times for 5,490 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught 477 passes for 3,598 yards and 18 scores.

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