Two former New Orleans Saints made a list recently and it wasn’t necessarily a good one to be on. Running back Reggie Bush and tight end Jeremy Shockey were flagged as two players in the NFL who are the most injury-prone in a Bleacher Report article by Matt Stein.
The list includes other players such as free agent safety Bob Sanders(who in my opinion is well deserved to be on the list) and Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman.
However, Bush and Shockey deserve their place on the list for the sheer fact that Saints fans had to sweat out injury reports from week to week during their tenure in New Orleans.
Bush was probably the biggest under the magnifying glass simply for the fact that he was a first-round draft pick for the Saints who was going to change the team’s running game around.
While Bush did dazzle his first year, the following one’s that came after that were a mix of high’s and low’s. He had problems constantly with his knees and hamstring issues which culminated in him sustaining a serious leg injury at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season which was a fracture.
He was lost for a large part of the season and when he returned, his impact was minimal at best. The addition of Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram to the backfield hastened his exit to Miami via a trade in the offseason of 2011.