Rams lone defendant in Bush lawsuit

Running back Reggie Bush (23) was injured in St. Louis as a member of the 49ers in October 2015.Photo Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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The Los Angeles Rams relocated from St. Louis in 2016 but they still face a lawsuit from their last season in the Midwest.

A civil lawsuit brought against the team by former NFL running back Reggie Bush took a turn against the Rams when a St. Louis judged on Friday dismissed the City of St. Louis from the case, per the St. Louis Post

Bush was injured while playing for the San Francisco 49ers in October 2015. He slipped on concrete between the playing surface and the stands in the Edward Jones Dome after being pushed out of bounds on a punt return in the first quarter.

The former Heisman Trophy winner went feet first into the wall and was diagnosed with an MCL tear that resulted in season-ending surgery.

Charges against two of the defendant’s in Bush’s lawsuit — the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission — were dismissed after attorneys successfully argued that they could only be liable if they had exclusive control of the Edward Jones Dome.

That action by the judge leaves the Rams as the only defendant left in the trial, which entered its fourth day Friday.

Bush, who already testified in the suit, is claiming that the injury limited his chances to earn a more lucrative contract following the 2015 season.

Although he signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills in August 2016, Bush rushed for minus-3 yards on only 12 carries in what was his final NFL season.

The No. 2 overall pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2006,Bush played in 134 games and gained 9,088 yards from scrimmage during his career with the Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, 49ers and Bills.

Bush had 1,286 carries for 5,490 yards and 477 receptions for 3,598 yards. He scored 58 career touchdowns — 36 rushing, 18 receiving and four returning punts.