Devin Bush Jr., linebacker of the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered an ACL injury during their blowout game against the Cleveland Browns, and is out for the season.
Bush is a key pillar of the Steelers’ defense, but despite a fantastic game defensively against the Browns with a 38-7 victory, Bush is now out for the season due to a torn ACL. Leaving the Steelers’ defense in a vulnerable position going into their games against the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, back to back come Week 7.
Bush suffered the injury in the second quarter after missing a tackle on Cleveland running back, D’Ernest Johnson, which caused him to land awkwardly on his leg. The Steelers athletic trainer helped Bush off the field but Bush walked to the locker room, with no assistance at the end of the second quarter.
“I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to Devin and his family and everything he’s going through right now,” Steeler quarterback Ben “Big Ben,” Roethlisberger said in the after-game press conference. “It makes you sick when a young player like that gets hurt, and I need to send my thoughts and prayers to him.”
Who Will Lead The Steelers Defense Now?
Bush is not only a talented linebacker for the Steelers, being the first-round draft pick for them in 2019, but is also the play-caller of the Steelers defense.
Now with Bush out of the equation, the question is, “who will lead the Steelers defense now?” The options available are a bit worrisome to Steelers fans. The Steelers have some options available to them. Veteran linebacker Vince Williams, who played close to as many snaps as Bush, looks like a promising pick.
Another would be Robert Spillane, who played the rest of the game in Bush’s place. With Spillane in, the Browns failed to score a touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. However, this may have been due to the Browns offense having injured players in during the game.
Safety Marcus Allen makes up the last of the Steelers’ choices of replacements for Bush. Allen took the linebacker position during the Steelers training camp this past August. Whether that qualifies as him for the role in a game-day setting, remains to be seen.
The Steelers will play both the Titans on October 25 and the Ravens on November 1st.
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