San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush tore his MCL after slipping on concrete on the sideline of the St. Louis Rams' Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 1. In the aftermath of a possible career-ending injury, Bush is reportedly taking legal action.
CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reported Saturday that Bush is planning on suing the city of St. Louis and has hired the KWIKA law firm to handle his case. According to La Canfora, Bush is likely to cite gross negligence in the lawsuit.
On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he expects "some type of surface" to cover the concrete edges of the dome floor for the Rams' Week 10 matchup against the Chicago Bears, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Bush was hoping to make an impact in 2015 for a 49ers team that needed playmakers in the backfield to complement Carlos Hyde and pass-catchers to help signal-caller Colin Kaepernick. In Week 1, however, Bush suffered a calf injury, and he failed to make much of an impression leading up to his injury last Sunday.
Bush has only eight carries for 28 yards and four receptions for 19 yards. Considering that lack of production, his one-year contract and the fact that he will turn 31 before the start of next season, Bush's NFL future is in jeopardy.
The lawsuit may not be as much about money as taking a stand. The Edward Jones Dome's sideline concrete puts players in even more danger than they already face while playing football. Just one week before Bush suffered his injury, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown slipped on the same concrete, ran into a wall and fell down.
The issue could be addressed before Bush's reported impending litigation forces the Rams into some kind of action.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported Tuesday that "the Rams have informed the NFL and the city of St. Louis they want changes made to the concrete area behind the benches before their next home game," which is Nov. 15 against the Chicago Bears.