Bush revealed Wednesday that in addition to suffering a torn MCL in Week 8, he also tore the meniscus on that knee, which will require 4-to-6 months of recovery, Mindi Bach of CSN Bay Area reports. Bush will enter free agency in the offseason in the midst of his recovery from multiple knee ligament tears, which will likely scare interested parties until he's able to partake in a workout. Consequently, he may not find a landing spot until few vacancies exist in backfields around the NFL.
49ers running back Reggie Bush will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn MCL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Bush was initially believed to have torn an ACL by both the running back and the 49ers, but the MCL, rather than the ACL, has been found to be the issue. With Bush out for the rest of the season and the status of Carlos Hyde (knee) unknown, the 49ers may have to turn to an uninspiring RB duo of Kendall Gaskins and Shaun Draughn in the short term.
The 49ers fear that Bush suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's loss at St. Louis, but an MRI will confirm such a diagnosis, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports. The 49ers were already down their top RB, Carlos Hyde, due to a stress fracture in his left foot, and Bush may now be out for the season. If the worst comes to pass with Bush, coach Jim Tomsula may have to turn to some combination of Mike Davis and Kendall Gaskins out of the backfield in the short term. However, Davis also injured his hand Sunday, meaning the 49ers are almost certainly in the market for a running back at the moment.
Bush was carted off the field Sunday at St. Louis, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. The 49ers reported that Bush is questionable to return with a knee injury. Getting the start for Carlos Hyde (foot), Bush slipped on the concrete near the padded wall on a first-quarter punt return. Bush remained on the ground for some time before a cart was called to take the running back to the locker room. In his absence, Mike Davis should receive the bulk of the carries.
With Carlos Hyde (foot) ruled out, Bush is the favorite to start at running back in Sunday's game against the Rams, Cam Inman of the 49ers' official site reports. It will be interesting to see how the 49ers handle this situation, as Bush has strictly been used as a passing-down back since 2013. Mike Davis and Jarryd Hayne also figure to get some touches, and the matchup is highly discouraging. Looking beyond Week 8, it's quite possible Carlos Hyde (ankle) will miss extended time or even be shut down for the season, so Bush's increased role may actually stick. Of course, there still isn't much upside to be had, with the workload likely getting divided in a hopeless San Francisco offense.
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