Bush, then with the San Francisco 49ers, slipped on a concrete surface that bordered the playing field at Edward Jones Dome in 2015 and suffered a torn knee ligament that put him out for the season.
On Tuesday, a St. Louis jury ruled the Rams were fully liable for the injury and ordered the team to pay Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages, the newspaper reported.
Bush, who field suit in 2016, suffered the injury when he returned a punt and was pushed out of bounds and slipped on what the lawsuit said was a “concrete ring of death” located about 35 feet behind the 49ers bench, the report said.
Bush played one more season after the injury, with the Buffalo Bills in 2016. He announced his retirement in December, saying he wanted to be remembered for this time with the Saints.
The Saints selected Bush out of Southern Cal with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with the Saints and scored a touchdown in the Saints’ Super Bowl 44 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Rams left St. Louis after the 2015 season.
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