Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush has revealed he played for much of the 2012 season with a fractured shoulder.
He ended the season on injured reserve with a rib injury. But Bush told the Chicago Tribune he also played for the majority of the campaign with a fractured bone in his right shoulder.
And the back-up running back insisted he was going to do whatever it took to stay on the field.
"How did I play through it?" said Bush. "The same way I was going to play through the rib injury until I realised [the rib injury] was worse than what it was.
"That's just me. Once I broke my leg [in college]…and if it ain't my leg and it ain't my feet and I can still walk around and run, I'm going to play."
The NFL report Bush did not undergo surgery on either injury - rib or shoulder - and he says both are fully healed heading into training camp later this month.
New coach Marc Trestman has a reputation for unconventional thinking, and it remains to be seen how he incorporates Bush into his running attack.
Matt Forte will be the starting back, and take the field for the majority of the plays. But Trestman is reportedly a fan of Bush's no nonsense running style, and he offers a nice variation to Forte out of the backfield.
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