PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Running behind Reggie Bush wasn’t going to let a weird collision on a petrify aspect toll a Edward Jones Dome margin in St. Louis finish his career.
Declaring his surgically remade left knee 100 percent, Bush energetically looked brazen to a event of personification an 11th NFL deteriorate — and on his fifth group — after signing a one-year agreement with a Buffalo Bills on Monday.
“I’m in shape. I’m full strength. I’m prepared to go,” Bush pronounced during a news discussion during a Bills training stay trickery in suburban Rochester. “It feels good to be behind on a group and behind to personification football.”
The 31-year-old Bush has reason to be upbeat some 9 months given ripping his meniscus vinculum in St. Louis. It happened while he was pushed out of end while returning a punt and mislaid his balance on a petrify before shifting into a padded wall of a stands.
“I suspicion my career could be over. Those were my initial thoughts,” he said.
Instead, Bush joins a Rex Ryan-coached, run-first-oriented offense that led a joining in rushing final season, and a group with a hole to fill in a lapse game.
Bush expects to take partial in use Tuesday, and estimates it’ll take him no some-more than a week to turn accustomed to his new surroundings, teammates, coaches and playbook.
“I theory a good thing is I’ve been around prolonged adequate where I’ve flattering many been by each descent complement possible,” he said.
Bush trafficked to Buffalo to take a earthy in a morning and afterwards met with Bills officials during training stay before signing his contract.
“We are always looking to urge a roster,” ubiquitous manager Doug Whaley said. “We had targeted Reggie given we feel a actor of his size can assistance us in a accumulation of areas.”
The doubt is how many Bush has left in him after injuries hampered many of his career given being comparison with a No. 2 collect in a 2006 draft. Bush has played 16 games in a deteriorate only twice and been singular to personification 29 games over a past 3 years.
“The aspirant in me says forever, though realistically, we don’t know,” Bush said, when asked how many longer he thinks he can play. “I’m only happy to be behind to football. And after this season, and postulated that I’m means to stay healthy, I’ll make a preference after that.”
When healthy, Bush is a energetic hazard as a rusher, receiver and returner. He’s surfaced 1,000 yards rushing twice, many recently in 2013, when he had 1,006 yards in 14 games with Detroit.
When adding in his prolongation as a receiver, Bush has surpassed 1,000 yards from struggle 5 times in a career that began with New Orleans and enclosed a two-year army in Miami.
Bush’s flexibility fits several Bills’ needs, including special teams.
Buffalo lacked a lapse dilettante final deteriorate and unsuccessful to residence a need this offseason.
“Hey, let’s be honest, that’s somewhere we wish to be improved at,” Ryan said, assessing Buffalo’s lapse diversion after use Monday. “That positively wasn’t a strength final year.”
Bush has been used mostly as a punt returner. His best deteriorate came in 2008 with New Orleans, when he returned 20 punts for 270 yards and scored 3 of his 4 career touchdowns.
He can also yield gifted abyss behind LeSean McCoy.
Backup Karlos Williams will skip a initial 4 games of a deteriorate after a NFL dangling him for violating a league’s substance-abuse policy.
The residue of Buffalo’s backfield is done adult of mostly unproven players, including Mike Gillislee, Daniel Herron and James Wilder Jr., a son of former Buccaneers fullback James Wilder.
There’s also rookie fifth-round collect Jonathan Williams, who faces intensity fortify after being arrested in Arkansas dual weeks ago on a misconduct assign of pushing while intoxicated.
Bush pronounced he’s had no prior attribute with McCoy, though is fervent to build one.
“I’m a fan,” Bush said. “I consider it’s going to be flattering cold to have both of us behind there creation some plays.”
The Bills also sealed free-agent receiver Kain Colter, who has nonetheless to play an NFL diversion given completing his college career in Northwestern in 2013. In 4 college seasons personification quarterback, Colter total to measure 50 touchdowns, with 18 of them passing, 4 receiving and 28 rushing.
To make room on their roster, a Bills expelled receiver Davonte Allen and kicker Marshall Morgan.
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