ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Former NFL running back Reggie Bush was in a St. Louis courtroom Tuesday, seeking $25,000 in damages for an injury he suffered while playing against the St. Louis Rams at the former Edward Jones Dome. Bush slipped on a “concrete ring of death” and injured his knee during a game on Nov. 1, 2015.
Bush is suing the owners and operators of the Dome at America’s Center – the St. Louis Regional Sports Authority – and the now-Los Angeles Rams. The suit claims the Edward Jones Dome’s owners were negligent by allowing a dangerous condition to exist at the Dome.
The concrete floor of the Dome was covered by artificial turf on game days, except the turf didn’t cover the entire floor. It left a ring of uncovered concrete around the outside of the playing surface, making it possible for an NFL player wearing cleats to slip if he stepped off the turf.
Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he suffered the season-ending knee injury. He slipped on the concrete out of bounds during a game and was carted off the field.
The first day of the civil courts trial was Tuesday, and it is expected to last about a week before a ruling is made.
Bush’s last NFL games were played with the Buffalo Bills in 2016, but he had only 12 carries that year.