After knee surgery will Saints' Reggie Bush be good as new?
It has been widely reported that New Orleans Saints-RB Reggie Bush has undergone knee surgery. Which leaves many asking-will he be the same ol' Reggie? But a better question is will he ever live up to the hype?
Reggie Bush, before this latest surgery, came out of USC labeled as the most dynamic game changer on the offensive side of the ball (ala Adrian 'all day' Peterson). Reggie was supposed to arrive in the NFL and bust defenses and punt coverage teams wide open.
It didn't happen... and now with this surgery, possibly never will.
From the way it was vaguely described, Bush underwent an arthroscopic procedure to roughen up a cartilage defect. The idea is to stimulate bleeding bone thus creating scar tissue (fibrocartilage) to heal the defect. This technique has been around for years and is similar but not identical to micro-fracture surgery (think Jonathan Vilma-NFL and Greg Oden-NBA) which has a much longer rehab period.
Unfortunately, scar tissue cartilage (fibrocartilage) is not the same as normal joint cartilage (hyaline). Over the next few seasons, the world will see just how much differently those two cartilages perform and hold up.
Team speculation suggests that he should be ready for mini-camp in June.
Ready? Really? Please define-ready. He may be present... but ready? 100% full speed ...full contact ...full time? Hmm...don't know about that.
Reggie Bush has been in the league for 3 years and consistently every year his combined rushing & receiving stats have fallen off.
He is a talented little man in a big man's game.
He missed 4 games in '07 and the final 2 games of '08 (once again due to left knee issues). His durability remains open for debate.