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Reggie Bush blames injuries on turf

Reggie Bush

New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush (25) is carried off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. The Saints won 25-22. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


We’ve repeatedly heard from Reggie Bush this offseason that his first priority is to return to the Saints. We’ve heard from the Saints they want him back.

We don’t fully believe either side, and for a moment on draft day Reggie Bush didn’t believe the Saints either.

“To me, it looked like the team was moving on without me,” Bush told ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez on SportsCenter Tuesday when asked about his infamous tweet after Mark Ingram was drafted.

Bush says he wishes he stayed quiet nd “felt terrible” about it in retrospect. He feels good about his chances of returning to New Orleans.

“I’m looking forward to getting this thing over with, getting back to playing football,” Bush said.

If he really wants to stay with the Saints, he can work out a deal. If he wants to max out his contract (like any player would), he’ll probably force his release and go elsewhere. Any team interested in Bush has to be concerned about his injury history. It sounds like Bush would love to play on grass.

“I would attribute a lot of [my injuries] to field turf. There is a big difference between grass and turf,” Bush said.

Hmm. Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and his readers noted that of Bush’s six injuries at the NFL level, only three have been on turf. (Only one happened at the Superdome.)

Bush was pretty forthright in the rest of the interview, but that’s a pretty weak excuse. The reality is that Bush’s inability to stay on the field, whatever the surface, should significantly diminish his market value this offseason.