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NFL Team Forced To Pay Reggie Bush $12.5 Million - Here's Why

Reggie Bush looks on when he was on the Lions.

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15: Running back Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions looks on during their preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on August 15, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Reggie Bush retired from the NFL in December 2017, with his final contract coming from a one-year deal he signed with the Buffalo Bills for the 2016 season.

However, a recent ruling in Bush's favor will force one NFL team to pay him a complete sum of $12.5 million. The St. Louis Rams will pay Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

From the report:

The jury found the Rams 100 percent liable for Bush's injury. He had also sued public agencies that own and operate the Dome, but they were dismissed from the suit by a judge last week after arguing the football team had control of operations at the facility on game days.

The settlement comes as a result of the season-ending knee injury Bush suffered during his time with the San Francisco 49ers. In a game against the Rams, Bush was returning a punt when he was pushed out of bounds and slipped on exposed concrete along the sideline.

Here's the play in question.

Bush suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee as a result of the fall, leading to the settlement fee.

The former USC star appeared to react to the news on Twitter.

It's a big win for Bush, though he likely wasn't hurting for cash after raking in over $60 million throughout his 11 seasons.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]