Bush announced Saturday during an appearance on NFL Network that he has retired from professional football, Amos Morale III of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "I'm done," Bush said. "I said it. It's not breaking news. I've been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, 'Listen, if I don't play this year, I'm going to retire.' Because I'm not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league."
After going unsigned during the offseason, Bush maintained hope that he would be picked up by a team in need of backfield help, but the offers never rushed in for the veteran following a rough season with the Bills in 2016. Bush indicated on the NFL Network broadcast that he intended to retire as a member of the Saints, the team that drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2006. Over his 11-year career with New Orleans, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco and Buffalo, Bush amassed 5,490 rushing yards, 3,598 receiving yards and 58 touchdowns.
Bush said he plans to play in the NFL in 2017, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
Bush, a former No. 2 overall pick, will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. He played in 13 games for the Bills last year, totaling minus-three yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. The poor showing with the Bills coupled with the fact that Bush is now 32 years old have limited his suitors this offseason, but once injuries begin to trickle in during OTAs and training camp, a team could have more interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner's services.
Bush is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Bush still has name recognition, but at this stage his involvement in the Bills' offense is modest, so his presence on the team's inactive list is not a huge surprise. Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams are on hand to back up LeSean McCoy on Sunday.
Bush rushed for four yards on his lone carry in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Bush's teammate, Mike Gillislee, was out two weeks ago and Bush didn't record a single touch, so it should be no surprise that Bush has only touched the ball twice in the two games since Gillislee's return. The veteran back has recorded more than two touches twice in 11 games and -- thanks to plenty of negative runs -- has just 95 total yards, 90 of them through the air, on the season.
Bush's teammate Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
Bush and Jonathan Williams will now be the immediate backups to LeSean McCoy, who's more of an injury risk than usual as he's about to play with a dislocated thumb. Coach Rex Ryan is calling Bush and Williams his "2A and 2B" options for the game, though we'd figure Williams is the better bet for carries, since he's seen more than Bush so far (17 to nine) and is averaging far better yards per carry (3.59 to -0.22). Bush is a pretty bad bet all around given that he's lost his job as main return man and even with Gillislee's injury he's still likely third in the pecking order for carries. All we're saying is he's one more injury away from the team needing to rely heavily on him.
Bush caught both of his targets for 22 yards and tallied 13 yards each on kickoffs and punts during Monday's loss to the Seahawks.
This is about as much as Bush will get involved in this offense -- especially with LeSean McCoy close to full health again -- and his returner role should be reduced once Brandon Tate returns from a concussion.
Bush (groin) is listed as active for Monday night's game against the Seahawks.
While the presence of Bush adds to the Bills' running back depth, he hasn't seen enough touches this season to merit fantasy consideration.
Bush (groin) is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Seahawks.
Bush was able to practice in limited fashion again on Saturday after not participating earlier in the week on Thursday. There is much optimism regarding the return of usual starter LeSean McCoy from a hamstring injury, so Bush could see his opportunities out of the backfield limited if he's ultimately able to play as well.
Bush (groin) was a limited participant in Friday's practice.
Bush didn't practice Thursday, so his limited participation Friday was actually an increase in his workload. With the Bills not scheduled to play until Monday in Seattle, Bush's status is slated to receive another update Saturday, when a better idea of his Week 9 availability may be formed.
Bush (groin) did not practice Thursday.
Despite the name recognition, Bush hasn't made much of a fantasy splash as a Bill thus far, though his injury does tax the team's running back depth, considering that starter LeSean McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury.
Bush suffered a groin injury during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Chris Brown of Buffalobills.com reports.
Bush was affected by what is believed to be a minor groin injury during Sunday's tilt, but he still caught two passes for 34 yards to go along with two rushes for a loss of eight yards. He also fumbled, although the Bills were able to scoop it up and retain possession. His availability in practice this week may be iffy due to the groin issue.
Bush caught one of two targets for 13 yards and had a one-yard run in Sunday's loss to Miami.
In theory, a hobbled LeSean McCoy would be the thing to spark Bush's season. Instead, the veteran back remained mostly on the sideline as Mike Gillislee and quarterback Tyrod Taylor filled in. Any efforts Buffalo makes to conserve McCoy by either having him sit out or play on a snap count could eventually play to Bush's benefit - but if it didn't happen on Sunday, it shouldn't be expected to happen anytime soon.
Bush rushed for six yards on two carrires in Sunday's win over San Francisco.
The fact that the six yards were a season high for Bush, all while the team racked up 300 yards on the ground, is indicative of his season. The Bills are the league's top rushing team through six weeks, but LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor and Mike Gillislee's collective success has relegated Bush to more special teams snaps on the season (16) than offensive (11).
Bush recorded a three-yard carry in Sunday's win over the Rams.
It was Bush's first action since Week 1, but there isn't too much else to get excited about here. Bush is still in negative yardage for the season. While the offense has gotten more run-heavy under Anthony Lynn (48:52 pass-to-run ratio as opposed to 55:45 under Greg Roman), Bush is behind fellow backs LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, in the pecking order for carries.
After not playing in three of four games this season, coach Rex Ryan weighed in on Bush's role with the team, BuffaloBillls.com reports. "He's healthy, which is a great thing and he's still a player that has a lot of juice," said Ryan. "To me I think you don't go through the season unscathed. I'm pleased that he's on our football team. I think he'll have a role, albeit, sometimes it's a different role depending on game plan."
Translation: Bush is nowhere near the fantasy radar right now, and at some point the Bills may just cut him. The team signed him mostly to be a return man, but then Brandon Tate became available and Tate's been strong in that role since the start of the season.
Bush is inactive Sunday against the Patriots.
With Bush not in the mix Sunday, LeSean McCoy will continue to head the Bills' ground game in Week 4, with Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams on hand to work in reserve roles.
Bush was on the field for just two offensive snaps during Thursday's loss to the Jets. He did not have a carry or a catch.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, both the punt- and kickoff-return duties went to Brandon Tate, who did a good job and looks to be suppressing Bush's role on special teams, which was expected to be significant. The Bills did fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Friday, so we'll see if new OC Anthony Lynn decides to get the backups on the field a bit more. As of now, Bush is the No. 3 running back in Buffalo and no longer appears to be the main return man, so his fantasy value is pretty much nothing.
Bush lost four yards on three carries in Sunday's loss to Baltimore and failed to haul in his lone target.
Bush was bottled up by the Ravens' defense in his first regular-season game since tearing his MCL last season. Bush only collected four touches during the preseason, so shaking off some rust should be expected. That said, he's on the wrong side of 30, hasn't tallied more than 325 total yards in a season since 2013, and doesn't seem to offer a skillset varying that of starter LeSean McCoy. He shouldn't be featured in any lineups until his role and effectiveness becomes clearer.
Bush started Friday's game against Washington, gaining 17 yards on three carries and failing to haul in his only target.
With LeSean McCoy held out due to a coach's decision, Bush essentially got the start by default, as Mike Gillislee (concussion) was unavailable. Head coach Rex Ryan recently referred to Gillislee as the team's No. 2 running back, though Ryan did also make it clear that Bush is in the mix for backup work. Rookie fifth-rounder Jonathan Williams (rib) also has a strong chance to make the team, and regardless of how things shake out, Bush probably won't be given a heavy rushing workload. While Bush should have a role on special teams and in the passing game, he isn't the clear handcuff to McCoy.
Coach Rex Ryan called Mike Gillislee, who is currently in the league's concussion protocol following Saturday's preseason game, the current top backup behind LeSean McCoy, The Buffalo News reports. Said Ryan of the veteran Bush, "Reggie is just -- like I said, we're going to be smart with him. I mean we don't want to just run his legs off as the No. 2 back. But make no mistake, he's going to play for us and contribute not just as a returner, but on offense as well."
That supports the case we made earlier that Bush will be used in a utility role -- playing on passing downs and certain formations while being the main returner on punts and kickoffs. He should end up getting a lot of action on this team, especially with Karlos Williams now out of the picture, but if you're looking at him as insurance in case McCoy goes down, that isn't really how the Bills see him.