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Michael Bush played last year with bad shoulder

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The Bears placed running back Michael Bush on injured reserve late last year, when a rib cartilage injury forced him to miss the last two games.

But the broken shoulder he suffered two games into the season wasn’t enough to stop him.

Bush told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that he played most of last season with a broken bone in his right shoulder, which he suffered in Week Two against the Packers.

“How did I play through it? The same way I was going to play through the rib injury until I realized [the rib injury] was worse than what it was,” Bush said. “That’s just me. Once I broke my leg [in college], . . .

If it ain’t my leg and it ain’t my feet and I can still walk around and run, I’m going to play.”

Bush did not need surgery to repair the damage, and said he’s now healed from both problems, and ready to go.

“I’m good now,” he said. “I’m lifting weights. I’m throwing the ball. I’m good.”

They need him to run to get a return on their investment. Forte got $7 million guaranteed on a four-year, $14 million deal last year to back up Matt Forte. He responded with 411 yards (at 3.6 yard per carry) and five touchdowns.

If he’s well and working with Forte as they envisioned, the Bears can offer some balance to a new offense, which should only help Jay Cutler.

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16 Responses to “Michael Bush played last year with bad shoulder”
  1. vexey says: Jul 5, 2013 9:50 AM

    The lengths some of these players go through to play… I’ll call in sick if I stub my toe

  2. wfederal says: Jul 5, 2013 9:57 AM

    “Forte got $7 million guaranteed on a four-year, $14 million deal last year to back up Matt Forte.”

    Forte backed himself up? I didn’t notice that.

  3. formyministy says: Jul 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    but was bush on the injury report for the shoulder injury?

  4. larryboodry says: Jul 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    5 TDs? Those are Calvin Johnson #s! (And Bush only needed 411 yards to do it, unlike CJ, who needed
    1,964.)

    Glad to hear Michael Bush is now healthy, in any case…Go Bears!

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 5, 2013 11:06 AM

    So that explains him running out of bounds vs Denver.

  6. jimbroney says: Jul 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    Larry. Get a clue.

  7. jojopuppyfish says: Jul 5, 2013 11:32 AM

    @crownofthehelmet
    Marion Barber was the one who ran out of bounds against Denver.

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 5, 2013 11:32 AM

    That explains it. If he were healthy they have won the Super Bowl twice last season.

  9. evoxy says: Jul 5, 2013 11:34 AM

    That was Marion Barber who ran out of bounds, not Bush.

  10. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 5, 2013 11:36 AM

    Jojo, Vikings fans hate facts and teams that have won championships. You’ll have to excuse them.

  11. larryboodry says: Jul 5, 2013 12:01 PM

    @crownofthehelmet:

    jojo beat me to it, but yeah, it was Barber who cost us that game against Denver…Bush wasn’t even on the Bears two years ago.

  12. joetoronto says: Jul 5, 2013 12:05 PM

    I’ve always admired Michael Bush’s work ethic, I wish he was still a Raider.

  13. larryboodry says: Jul 5, 2013 12:07 PM

    @jimbroney:

    All the pretty yards CJ put up playing full-time to help pad Stafford’s passing stats did less to help Detroit win 4 games than Bush’s 5 TDs in limited playing time did to help the Bears win 10.

    And as great as Johnson is, I still like B-Marsh on my team better.

  14. atthemurph says: Jul 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    This guy breaks more bones than Joe Thiesman.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:37 PM

    Michael Bush played last year with bad shoulder

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    Michael Bush played last year with a bad team.

  16. larryboodry says: Jul 11, 2013 5:15 PM

    @filthy:

    Uh-huh…No team that wins 10 games is a bad team, and your team was only one game better in the standings. Go Bears!

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