Rams Ordered to Pay Reggie Bush $12.5 Million for 2015 Injury

Reggie Bush has hit the jackpot.

A St. Louis jury ruled in favor of the former Heisman Trophy winner, ordering the Los Angeles Rams (formerly of St. Louis) to pay $12.5 million for damages he suffered in 2015 at Edward Jones Dome.

Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he endured a season-ending injury in a regular season contest at St. Louis on Nov, 1. 2015.

After returning a punt and running out of bounds, Bush slipped on concrete and suffered a torn lateral meniscus.

Reggie Bush was carted off the field after tearing his lateral meniscus, ending his 2015 season.  — by Tom Gannam/AP
Reggie Bush was carted off the field after tearing his lateral meniscus, ending his 2015 season.  — by Tom Gannam/AP

The suit was originally filed in 2016 when Bush’s legal term alleged the Rams and the public authorities “allowed a dangerous condition to exist at the [Edward Jones] Dome.” The suit called the out-of-bounds territory where he fell “a concrete ring of death.”

The Rams moved to Los Angeles after the 2015 season, while Bush latched onto the Buffalo Bills on a 1-year, $1.5 million contract in 2016. This was Bush’s final season in the NFL and was a disastrous campaign for the running back/punt returner—rushing for minus-3 yards on 12 carries and catching seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. In the lawsuit, Bush argued he could have signed a bigger contract (and performed at a higher level on said deal) had he not suffered what he believed to be a preventable injury.

The 33-year-old Bush played in the NFL for 11 seasons, suiting up for the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, 49ers and Bills. He was named an All-Pro punt returner in 2008 as a member of the Saints and won a Super Bowl with New Orleans in the 2009 NFL season.

Bush was pleased with the result of the verdict that gave him a lucrative payday.

“I'm very happy with the verdict,” Bush told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.”