December 17, 2008

Saints Shelf Reggie Bush to Injured Reserve

Left knee has become a nemesis of Saints' most explosive player

If he hadn't already looked at the knees of most every injured sports star in the country, the left knee of Reggie Bush might put Birmingham-based orthopedist Dr. James Andrew's kids through college.

Bush has had another MRI and another consultation with Andrews this week, since he tweaked his knee again in the first half against Chicago last Thursday.

After the results, the specifics of which are not available, the Saints placed Bush on injured reserve. Bush and partially torn ligaments and torn meniscus tissue in his left knee in the past 12 months, though apparent from his performance at home against Atlanta, he made a full recovery before Chicago.

Bush was named a first alternate to the NFC Pro Bowl team as a return specialist.

The Saints signed street free agent CB Michael Lehan to fill the roster spot.

So for the second year in a row, the Saints will turn to Pierre Thomas to finish the season. RB Deuce McAllister is limited due to inflammation in his rehabilitated knee, and was ruled out of Thursday night's game in Chicago. Aaron Stecker has already been lost to a hamstring injury. Backing up Thomas will be McAllister, if available, and free agent pickup Mike Bell.

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