Expect Bush to be out awhile


Note: I’ll be involved with a live chat during the course of the game and will post a wrapup later this evening.

Based on what information is available regarding the fractured thumb of running back Michael Bush, it’s highly unlikely he’d be ready to play in the opener and could miss up to a quarter of the season or more.

Bush broke his thumb on his last carry when 49ers safety Michael Lewis hit him with his helmet, with coach Tom Cable saying it was fractured following the game and saying Monday “he’ll need a procedure on it, and whether that keeps him out or not remains to be seen.”

On his Twitter account, Bush said it was a “Bennett fracture” and even showed pictures of himself before surgery.

Cable has since declined to discuss the injury and wouldn’t confirm the surgery had taken place.

According to Dr. Michael Schwartz, an orthopedic surgeon based in New York who is the team doctor for Hofstra University and has served in that capacity for the New Jersey Dragons of the Arena Football League and the New York Islanders of the NHL, a time span of four to six weeks following surgery would be a “best case scenario,” conceding he was speaking in general terms and did not know the specifics of Bush’s injury.

Schwartz said surgery for a “Bennett’s fracture” would normally entail have screws inserted into the bone to speed the healing process, and theye’d be left in once it healed and the player returned to action. The fracture as it the base of the first metacarpal bone where “it articulates with the bones in the wrist.”

If Bush were to be out four weeks from the time of surgery, he would be available to practice for the in the days preceding the Houston Texans game on Oct. 3 in Week 4.

Six weeks would mean Bush could be ready to face the 49ers on On Oct. 6 in Week 6.

Schwartz said that in the case of a lineman or linebacker, the injured player could be fitted with a “club” and be back in two to three weeks.

Bush’s health will affect how the Raiders approach their final cutdown, which takes place Saturday. They are more likely to keep both Rock Cartwright and Michael Bush, rather than releasing one of them, to provide depth behind Darren McFadden.

The Raiders also could be on the lookout for running backs released by other teams (Justin Fargas, anyone?).


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Where is the fix? Come on Jerry some of us have to work in the morning!

    yo Thec! =)

  • Thec07

    priesttj Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I’m telling ya’ if teams play us thinking we can’t beat them throwing they will be in for a rude awakening. The only thing I have any reservations about right now is MBush’s affect on team this team. He is such a beast that not having him we might struggle a bit running if he’s out too long.


    One thing i know we can throw the ball, need MBUSH for that balance. a team would be foolish to stack the box…Suicide…

  • Thec07

    What iz up 408????

  • Thec07

    I have never been worried about our wides. My issue has been oline and special teams…

  • Walter McFadden did good before his injury, Ford was good also. Stevie Brown, Jeremy Ware, Bennett were great!
    On the chit list are…Bruce Campbell, Chris Johnson, and Erik Pears!
    Game MVP goes to: Stevie Brown

  • LOL. I didn’t even know there was a game today. Guess it’s too hot to think about football. Especially Raider football.

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Shame about McFadden’s injury. Luckily the Raiders have a perfectly good nickel corner in… Chris Johnson.

  • Chris Johnson??????!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheyCallMeAssassin


    Haha poor guy got toasted tonight. Hopefully it just motivates him to earn his way back into the starting lineup.

  • RaiderRetribution

    What is the scoop on Walter McFadden’s injury?