Coach Mike Tomlin said Bush didn't suit up for Saturday's preseason win versus the Chiefs due to a shoulder injury, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Bush was all over the field in his pro debut last Friday, racking up 10 tackles against the Buccaneers. Tomlin didn't elaborate on the severity of the injury, but Bush could be held out of the Steelers' next two games to make sure the 2019 first-rounder is as healthy as possible for the regular season.
Bush totaled 10 tackles (seven solo) in Pittsburgh's 30-28 preseason win against Tampa Bay on Friday.
Making his first appearance in a Steelers uniform, the first-round draft pick led the team in tackles, all of which came before halftime. It's only the first game of the preseason but it is exciting to watch, and more efforts like this could have Bush challenging Mark Barron for a starting spot on defense.
The Steelers selected Bush in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 10th overall.
Bush might be a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, 234 pounds, but it's difficult to overstate how athletic he is. Bush burned up the combine to the tune of a 4.43-second 40-yard dash to go along with a 40.5-inch vertical, 124-inch broad jump, and 11.16 agility score. Agility drills aside, those are plus numbers by even cornerback standards. Although Bush didn't match the tackle volume of fellow Devin and linebacker Devin White, their proximity in draft placement is a testament to their many overlapping qualities. Pittsburgh didn't trade up from the 20th pick to ease Bush into the game plan - he's a threat to secure a three-down role even by Week 1. Vince Williams and Jon Bostic have coverage limitations that perhaps played a role in Pittsburgh's specific fondness for Bush and his unmatched ability to cover ground, so this looks like a plug-and-play situation. He's very much on the mainstream IDP radar in the meantime, and if he closes in on a three-down role then he could prove a standout producer at the position even as a rookie.