Reggie Bush has a partially torn left knee ligament that likely won't require surgery but possibly could sideline him for the rest of the...

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NEW ORLEANS — Reggie Bush has a partially torn left knee ligament that likely won’t require surgery but possibly could sideline him for the rest of the season.

A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that Bush did not expect to play Monday night against Atlanta and likely would not risk further aggravating the injury by playing again this season. The person requested anonymity because of the delicacy of the situation.

Coach Sean Payton said Bush would be listed as questionable on the injury report, and whether Bush plays against the Falcons will be a game-time decision.

He also said it was “a little premature” to predict Bush would miss the rest of the season.

Bush practiced Thursday and did not indicate he was having any trouble when he spoke to reporters after practice. He became sore that evening, and the team ordered an MRI, which indicated a tear in his posterior cruciate ligament.

Payton said Bush’s left knee has bothered him for a couple of weeks, but it seemed the injury got worse after the Saints’ game last Sunday.


• Denver coach Mike Shanahan was fined $25,000 by the NFL for his comments supporting RB Travis Henry‘s appeal of a one-year drug suspension.

• Four Baltimore players were fined by the NFL for actions in Monday’s game against New England. LB Bart Scott, who argued with officials and tossed a penalty flag into the stands, was fined $25,000. CBs Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle and WR Derrick Mason each were fined $15,000 for critical remarks made after the game.

• Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu is likely to miss Sunday’s game at New England after sitting out practice for the second day in a row because of a sprained knee.

• St. Louis QB Marc Bulger had a setback in his recovery from a concussion, meaning it’s possible third-stringer Brock Berlin, who has never attempted a pass in a regular-season game, might start Sunday at Cincinnati.

Regular backup Gus Frerotte, who will be the emergency quarterback, has a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. Frerotte can hand off but is unable to throw, coach Scott Linehan said.

• Tennessee S Chris Hope is out for the season after tests confirmed a spinal-cord injury that will require rest and possibly surgery, but it is not expected to be career-ending.

• Houston placed RB Ahman Green (knee) on injured reserve.

• Minnesota DE Erasmus James was placed on injured reserve and will need surgery again to repair the ACL in his left knee. James, injured early in Sunday’s game against Detroit, first tore his left ACL in Week 2 last season.

• Washington QB Jason Campbell likely will not return this season. An MRI on his dislocated kneecap revealed that the injury probably would not require surgery, but the normal recovery time is about four weeks.

• Jacksonville activated DT Marcus Stroud, the final step in his return from a four-game suspension.

Kevin Everett is walking on his own at a Houston rehab center, the latest significant progress by the Buffalo tight end in his recovery from a serious spinal-cord injury.