Officially, it was poor field conditions at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium that got Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game cancelled. It might have actually been the terrible paint that was used on the field that congealed and made it like walking through tar. Or maybe it was Tim McGraw.
Okay, it wasn’t totally McGraw, who played a concert at the Danny Shelton Jersey stadium on Friday night, part of the weekend’s festivities in Canton. But it’s not like he insisted on having the concert on the field where renovations weren’t yet completed; he just got paid to be there by the folks planning the event.
Bush’s season came to an ignominious end in Week 8, when he slipped on concrete near the sidelines at Edward Jones Dome. He suffered a torn MCL on the fall, ending his season.
Now in his 30s and coming off a long string of injuries (he hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2012), Bush is unlikely to play a major role on DeMario Davis Jersey offense. The Bills can use the patch on the roster though, after Karlos Williams was dealt a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. With fifth-round draft pick Jonathan Williams recently arrested and charged with DWI, it’s possible that Buffalo could be very thin behind LeSean McCoy before the regular season even begins.
“For most of my career I’ve played with a bigger back for a one-two punch combination, but now getting a chance to play with Shady and us complementing each other with our running styles I think it’ll be exciting,” Bush told the team website.
Bush is also expected to be the team’s No. 1 punt returner.
“That was also a point of emphasis definitely returning some punts and some kicks,” said Bush. “So you’ll definitely see me back there. That’s something the fans can also be excited about.”
In his career, he has returned 100 punts for 781 yards and four touchdowns.
Bush has been in the league since 2006, when the New Orleans Saints selected him with the No. 2 overall pick of the NFL Draft. He spent five seasons with the Saints before moving on to brief tenures with the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. Bush is undoubtedly nearing the end of his NFL career, but the Bills are gambling that he can show flashes of his old playmaking ability.