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September 27, 2006

Louisville's Michael Bush: No decision yet

University of Louisville senior running back Michael Bush met with media Wednesday for the first time since breaking his leg in a season-opening win over rival Kentucky. Bush, who underwent surgery shortly after the injury to place a titanium rod in his leg, has the option of declaring for the NFL Draft after this season or taking a medical redshirt.

Bush said he is not yet ready to make a decision on his future next year, whether pro or college.

"No, as of right now, I haven't made any decision," Bush told reporters. "I'll sit down with Coach Petrino and my parents and we'll talk about everything."

Bush, who says he no longer has pain in the surgically repaired leg or has to take pain medication, is currently on crutches but said he could be walking again fairly soon.

Bush said the doctors said he should be able to lead the team onto the field in a slight jog on November 2, which happens to be the date of the Louisville- West Virginia football game, a showdown of two possible top 10 teams.

When asked if he still hears from pro agents, Bush said the frequent calls to his cell phone haven't slowed down at all.

"They say they still want me and all tis and that, but I just let them go to voice mail like I always have," Bush said.

Entering the season as one of the leading running backs mentioned for the Heisman trophy, Bush rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of Louisville's season-opener against Kentucky. He was injured on an awkward tackle in the third quarter by Kentucky's Wesley Woodyard. In addition to Woodyard, who Bush said did nothing wrong, the Cardinal star received calls from former Louisville players in the NFL like Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch and San Diego Charger Roman Oben, local fans and politicians in the Louisville area, friends, family, teammates and even comedian Bill Cosby.

Bush said he'd need to decide by the end of his senior season if he'll apply for a medical redshirt, although he could apply and still declare for the NFL Draft by the deadline of January 15.

Ranked No. 8 in the nation, Louisville also lost Heisman candidate quarterback Brian Brohm to injury during the Cardinals' win over Miami September 16. Louisville will face MTSU in Nashville Friday, October 6.

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