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Rams ordered to pay former NFL running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million in damages

Sporting News — (Thomas Lott)

The Rams have been ordered by a court in St. Louis to pay a total of $12.5 million in damages to former NFL running back Reggie Bush after he sustained a season-ending knee injury in 2015 when he slipped on concrete on the sideline.

A jury ordered the Rams, now in Los Angeles, to pay Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages. 

In the original lawsuit, Bush asked the Rams to pay between $10 and $15 million in damages, because if he had not sustained the knee injury, that is how much money he would have made on his next contract.

Instead, in 2016 Bush signed a one-year deal with the Bills which reportedly was worth $1 million in base salary, with a $375,000 signing bonus and $125,000 roster bonus. 

Bush played in 13 games for the Bills in 2016 rushing for negative-3 yards on 12 carries. He caught seven passes for 90 yards. Before the injury, Bush signed a one-year deal amounting to $2.4 million with the 49ers. He played in five games in 2015 before getting hurt.

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

The 11-year NFL veteran originally asked the court to force the Edward Jones Dome to compensate him as well, but the suit was dismissed by a judge last week.

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