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The 49ers are reportedly fearing running back Reggie Bush has an ACL tear

The 49ers may have lost running back Reggie Bush for the season.

The 2-6 49ers are fearing running back and punt returner Reggie Bush has a torn ACL, following a slip and fall on concrete lining the playing field at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis during Sunday's 27-6 loss, according to reports from FOX Sports and the NFL Network.

Bush, handling punt return duties after the team parted with Jarryd Hayne Saturday, took a punt return in the first quarter Sunday along the right sideline and fell by the barrier separating the field from the stands. He was carted off the field and seen on crutches in the locker room after the game.

On the play, the 49ers were flagged for three penalties: two blocks in the back and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on inactive receiver Anquan Boldin for getting into a scuffle with a Rams player along the sideline.

San Francisco, without starting running back Carlos Hyde, had just 38 yards rushing on 21 carries, with Colin Kaepernick accounting for 28 yards.

Bush left the game before registering a carry, leading to rookies Mike Davis and former practice squad player Kendall Gaskins as the only healthy available options.

However, the 49ers announced Davis was out for the game with a hand injury early in the second half. Combined, Gaskins and Davis ran for 10 yards on 15 carries. Davis reportedly had X-rays on his hand.

The 49ers are likely hoping Hayne clears waivers so they can re-add him to the 53-man roster. Hayne was waived in order to add Gaskins from the practice squad.

"Jarryd Hayne has done everything we’ve asked him to do. I made the decision to bring up a power back for the game today," head coach Jim Tomsula said. "You only have 53 spots, and I made that decision."

Bush is expected to undergo an MRI and Tomsula will address the media again Monday.


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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