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Rhodes' Loss Could be Bush's Gain

Newly acquired Oakland Raiders running back Dominic Rhodes has been suspended for the first four games of the 2007 season, which, to U of L fans, means only that Michael Bush might see the field earlier than expected. It's a good thing that Bush is already receiving rave reviews from a strong contingency of Raider Nation.

Michael Bush is asked constantly, "Which leg?"

Which leg did he break the first game into what was supposed to be a Heisman Trophy caliber 2006 season at Louisville? Which leg underwent surgery to insert a steel rod in March?

"It's the right leg," Bush answered at the Raiders' last mincamp. "You couldn't tell while I was moving? That's good."

While Raider coaches said earlier this week that they have no plans to rush him onto the field, Bush has let it be known that he plans on playing and making an impact this season.

Yet, there's no rush to get Bush on the field. Holding him out most of the season is a realistic option. Bush is also prepared not to practice every day once training camp opens if the leg bothers him.

Just don't tell Bush he should accept not playing as a rookie.

"I'm looking to play," Bush said. "It's just a bone injury. Those heal. It's already been about nine months, so it's about time for me to get going."

Bush's size (6-foot-1, 245 pounds) and quick feet would give the Raiders a bruising back they can use in both the running and passing game.

Just don't assume Bush only wants to run and catch the ball.

"If they throw a halfback pass (play) out there that'd be great, too," Bush said.

I know that this isn't exactly going out on a limb, but it just seems like Michael Bush having an extrmely solid career as an NFL running back is a foregone conclusion. The kid's been an NFL-bound stud since he could walk, and it still boggles my mind that he had to wait an extra day to hear his name called.

For those of you already tired of Michael Bush #43 and opining for Michael Bush #19, here's a classic video of sophomore Mike taking over the 2004 Liberty Bowl.