By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at 9:22 am in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders running back Michael Bush was arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to WLKY in Louisville.
Bush was arrested at 4:30 a.m. in Jeffersonville, Ind., and booked into the Clark County Jail.
(Note: WHAS-11 in Louisville is reporting the arrest took place in Clarksville, Ind.)
Raiders senior executive John Herrera declined comment.
He is a potential unrestricted free agent, pending a resolution of the collective bargaining agreement.
That means it could be an expensive mistake for the fifth-year running back, given that he’ll likely begin a new contract with the possibility of a suspension for another transgression with regard to the NFL policy for substances of abuse (abuse of prescription drugs, over-the-counter-drugs and alcohol) pending the outcome of the arrest.
Bush rushed for 655 yards on 155 carries and scored eight touchdowns, playing as the second back in a two-back system behind starter Darren McFadden. Bush had his two best games of the season when McFadden was out with an injury, rushing for 104 yards on 26 carries in a 35-27 win over San Diego and 135 yards on 27 carries in a season-ending 31-10 win over San Diego.
Both owner Al Davis and head coach Hue Jackson have talked up Bush since the season ended, an indication the Raiders had every intention of keeping him on the roster.
“He brings that toughness into the secondary,” Davis said on Jan. 18. “By the fourth quarter, they don’t want to tackle him. He’s 250 pounds, (with) power, speed, so that’s a plus for us.”