During the 2012 NFL offseason, former Louisville running back Michael Bush was one of the biggest names in free agency. After having a breakout season in 2011 with the Oakland Raiders, Bush proved that he is more than capable of being a first string running back in the NFL. He signed a four-year contract worth $14 with the Chicago Bears in March of 2012.
Bush’s first season with the Bears didn’t go exactly as some expected it to. The Louisville native had a nice start to the season, scoring three touchdowns in Chicago’s first three games. Unfortunately, injuries slowed his momentum and the Bears went 10-6 overall and fired head coach Lovie Smith.
It was a rib injury that placed Bush on injured reserve for the last two games of the season, but according to an article from the Chicago Tribune, Bush played the majority of the season with a fractured bone in his right shoulder. He suffered the injury in week two against the Packers and played through the pain in twelve games.
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