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July 19, 2019 12:40 PM
Bills' Rafael Bush: Opts for retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush has decided to retire from football, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

The veteran actually had a decent shot at making the team after doing a nice job as a depth signee in 2018, but he also had no chance of starting and the Bills have plenty of young guys to take his place, while a new veteran immediately enters the fold as the team signed Kurt Coleman on Friday. Bush has played in the league since 2011 and put together a nice career after going undrafted in 2010.

October 12, 2018 07:56 PM
Bills' Rafael Bush: Ready to roll for Week 6
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush practiced fully Friday for the first time since injuring his shoulder in Week 4 and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Houston, the Bills' official site reports.

Bush will play in the game after sitting out a week, though fellow safety Micah Hyde -- who also missed Week 5 -- is also expected to play, leaving Bush in a reserve role.

October 7, 2018 11:40 AM
Bills' Rafael Bush: Misses opportunity to start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's game against the Titans, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Bush would have had a chance to start due to Micah Hyde being out with a groin injury, but was never able to practice himself this week and will join Hyde on the inactive list. The Bills will have to roll with rookie Siran Neal or former practice squad member Dean Marlowe as a replacement starter against Marcus Mariota and the Titans.

October 6, 2018 12:04 PM
Bills' Rafael Bush: Third straight missed practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (shoulder) missed practice for the third straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, the Bills' official site reports.

Three straight missed sessions likely means Bush is on the doubtful side of questionable, but we'll see if he's somehow able to rally and suit up for Week 5. Starting safety Micah Hyde also missed practice all week, so the Bills could be forced to slot in a third option come Sunday.

October 5, 2018 02:04 PM
Bills' Rafael Bush: Another missed practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (shoulder) did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Bush had been in line to see starter's snaps Sunday against the Titans with regular safety Micah Hyde (groin) a long shot for the contest. However, he's got his own injury issue to work through and probably needs to get on the field in some capacity Friday to have a shot at playing this week.

October 4, 2018 03:04 PM
Bills' Rafael Bush: Day-to-day with shoulder issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush won't practice Wednesday and is considered day-to-day due to a shoulder injury, Mike Rodak of reports.

Bush still has a couple of days to ramp up his participation in practice and the day-to-day tag suggests that could be a possibility. If he's able to go Sunday against the Titans, Bush should see a good number of snaps, especially with Micah Hyde (groin) unlikely to be available. Bush has collected 23 tackles (16 solo) through the first four games of the season.

March 13, 2018 07:28 PM
Rafael Bush: Inks deal with Bills
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Bills on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Bush was rarely summoned on defense in 2017, as he made most of his contributions on special teams. The 30-year-old safety will likely have a similar role with the Bills since Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are both established in the secondary.

March 30, 2017 06:16 PM
Saints' Rafael Bush: Signing with Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of reports.

Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.

August 8, 2016 06:28 PM
Lions' Rafael Bush: Poised to be Lions' starting strong safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush is poised to be the Lions' starting strong safety entering 2016, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.

April 14, 2016 06:39 PM
Lions' Rafael Bush: Will compete for starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush will compete with Tavon Wilson for the Lions' starting job at strong safety this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions have a void to fill opposite incumbent FS Glover Quin (ankle), and Lion's GM Bob Quinn recently declared the newly-signed Bush a candidate for the gig. Tavon Wilson, the Lions' other free-agent signing at safety, appears to be Bush's main competition for the job, though Quinn didn't rule out the possibility of Detroit also adding more players to the competition as the offseason continues. For now, Bush is the favorite to win the role. He is undoubtedly the more tenured of the two, as Bush started 14 games for the Saints between 2013 and 2015, compared to Wilson's four total career starts. Should Bush win out, and avoid the injury bug that has plagued him the past two seasons, he will aim to improve a Detroit defense that surrendered a 10th-worst 25.0 points per game in 2015.

March 12, 2016 10:11 AM
Lions' Rafael Bush: Signs one-year deal with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Lions on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It's a prove-it deal for the 28-year-old safety, who had to miss nearly the entire season after tearing a pectoral muscle in New Orleans' season opener. He will compete with fellow 2016 free agent Tavon Wilson for a starting spot next to Glover Quin.

September 15, 2015 08:00 PM
Report: Saints safety Rafael Bush out for season with chest injury
by CBS Sports Staff |

The Saints placed safety Rafael Bush (chest) on injured reserve Tuesday, reports.

Bush's season is over due to the chest injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. With Jairus Byrd (knee) also injured, the Saints will turn to either Jamarca Sanford or Kenny Phillips at free safety for the time being.

September 14, 2015 05:10 PM
Report: Saints safety Rafael Bush suffers torn pectoral
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Saints safety Rafael Bush suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Sunday's season opener at Arizona, a source told NFL Network.

September 13, 2015 11:30 PM
Saints FS Rafael Bush dealing with chest injury
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Saints safety Rafael Bush suffered a chest injury during Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, reports

Bush had to leave the game in the second quarter after suffering the injury. He was seen wearing a shoulder sling after the game.

June 2, 2015 05:21 AM
Saints S Rafael Bush goes on IR
by Larry Hartstein |

The Saints placed safety Rafael Bush on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured right fibula, reports ESPN. Bush, who made 55 tackles in 10 games, suffered the injury Sunday against Cincinnati.

June 2, 2015 05:23 AM
Report: Saints' Rafael Bush suffered fractured fibula, not broken tibia
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Saints safety Rafael Bush sustained a fractured right fibula Week 11 vs. Cincinnati and not a broken right tibia as first diagnosed, a league source told The New Orleans Advocate. A fractured fibula is considered less serious than a broken tibia.

Bush told reporters following Sunday's game he hurt his leg making a tackle with fewer than five minutes left in the contest. Bush said the original diagnosis was he sustained a broken tibia, but he was expected to undergo further evaluation.

June 2, 2015 05:24 AM
Saints FS Rafael Bush suffers fractured tibia Week 11
by Igor Mello |

Saints free safety Rafael Bush told reporters following Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Bengals he suffered a fractured tibia in Week 11, per ESPN.

Bush was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with the injury. He wouldn't reveal if his injury would keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. He has 55 total tackles and three defended passes.

June 2, 2015 05:24 AM
Saints FS Rafael Bush carted off with apparent left injury
by Igor Mello |

Saints free safety Rafael Bush was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Bengals in Week 11. Bush sustained the injury in the fourth quarter and was taken back to the locker room for further testing. He was unable to return to the game, finishing with five total tackles.

June 1, 2015 09:31 PM
Saints match Falcons offer, keep Rafael Bush
by Larry Hartstein |

The Saints matched the Falcons' offer sheet for restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush, so he'll stay with New Orleans on a two-year, $4.5 million deal, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

June 1, 2015 09:37 PM
Falcons sign Rafael Bush to offer sheet
by Larry Hartstein |

The Falcons signed Saints free safety Rafael Bush, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet, reports the National Football Post. The Saints have until April 8 to match the offer.

Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2010Atlanta Falcons000.000000.0000
2011Atlanta Falcons000.000000.0000
2011Denver Broncos633.000000.0000
2012New Orleans Saints161814.04014040.04001
2013New Orleans Saints134230.0120000.0005
2014New Orleans Saints105644.0120000.0002
2015New Orleans Saints122.000000.0000
2016Detroit Lions165334.019123919.53913
2017New Orleans Saints142317.061000.0001
2018Buffalo Bills154530.0151.5000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2010Atlanta Falcons000000000
2011Atlanta Falcons000000000
2011Denver Broncos600000000
2012New Orleans Saints1600102120
2013New Orleans Saints1300001010
2014New Orleans Saints1000000000
2015New Orleans Saints100000000
2016Detroit Lions1600000000
2017New Orleans Saints1400000000
2018Buffalo Bills1500000000

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