During one punt return Reggie Bush made an impact, his presence was felt. That return lead to an eventual field goal to put his team up 19-14. His 43-yard rumble showed his value, worth yet again. Earlier in the game he was on the receiving end of a Drew Brees touchdown pass on 3rd and Goal to give the Saints an 8-0 lead. A net of nine points. Difference maker.
However, later in the 4th quarter following his 43-yard momentum-changer, the next punt return would be not so memorable. Actually, it turned out to be quite unforgettable.
That’s when Reggie prepared for another punt at his own 19-yard line. Waiting upon the kick, Saints fans envisioned yet another big return from their playmaker. Only this time he muffed Andy Lee’s booming kick. That wasn’t even bad, well, not as bad as what was about to unfold.
Midway 4th quarter with the Saints ahead 22-14, Bush after the muff, fell on his mistake, and then proceeded to recover the ball. Good, right? He recovered. Yes. Good? No. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story, as Ahmad Brooks and other 49ers arrived, pouncing for the loose ball, and more importantly Bush’s leg.
While lying on the ground with trainers surrounding to attend to him, the replays showed the obvious, painful truth: it bent back the wrong way. It looked really bad. Had to rewind that on the TIVO just to get a second look. Tough break.
The former USC star athlete will be sidelined four to six weeks. How much does his loss affect the defending Super Bowl champs? We shall find out soon enough. As for how much his value and worth is, how much he will be missed, we’ll get a glimpse of that starting next Sunday against division rival Atlanta.
Read what Reggie had to say about his fractured fibula in his right leg following the 25-22 victory over the 49ers.
“I’m just trying not to think the worst and just try to stay as positive as I can in this situation,” “That’s all you can do, hope for the best.”
“Last second it kind of shifted a little bit, just enough for me to drop it,” “I tried to recover it and somebody took my leg out. I don’t know who it was, what happened or how it happened. I just know my leg got taken out. That’s it.”
“It hurt like hell,” “When I got back up and tried to walk on it, it felt terrible. That’s all I can say.”
“It’s been a pretty tough (losing the Heisman) week,” “It’s just the way life goes.”