Miami Dolphins: How Serious Is Reggie Bush's Injury?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 9, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a touchdown with teammates Jake Long #77 and Davone Bess #15 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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At the start of the season, Dolphin running back Reggie Bush was on an absolute tear. There was talk of him winning a rushing title and, especially after destroying the Oakland Raiders in Week 2, possibly leading the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs.

In his first three games of the season, Bush averaged more than five yards a carry and amassed more than 300 yards and two touchdowns. He was simply the Dolphins' MVP.

In Week 3, where the Dolphins fell 23-20 in overtime to the New York Jets, Bush went down with an injury. He left the game with a rough diagnosis of pain in his left knee and did not return to the field that afternoon.

As speculation of his playing status in Week 4 continued to flip-flop in the media, Bush suited up to take on the Arizona Cardinals. In the squad's 24-21 loss in overtime, Bush averaged less than four yards a carry on 17 carries.

This Sunday in the Dolphins' 17-13 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, Bush was given the ball 19 times, but only managed 48 yards, an average of 2.5 yards a carry. He did, however, push past the pylon for a much-needed touchdown to give the Dolphins the win.

It is glaringly obvious that Bush's injury has had some sort of effect on his production in the past two weeks. The real question that the organization must address is: How serious is this injury? While Bush prepares to suit up and put the past two weeks behind him in Week 6 against the St. Louis Rams, is his knee going to hinder his production again? Or can he shake it off?

One thing is for certain. A Week 7 bye is going to do wonders for Reggie Bush.