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Reggie Bush becomes first RB since NFL merger with negative yards on 10-plus carries

Bills running back Reggie Bush finished the season with 12 rushes for negative-3 yards, becoming the first non-quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to finish a season with negative yards on 10 or more carries.

Bush, a former Heisman winner and No. 2 overall draft pick, didn't get a carry in Sunday's loss to the Jets despite LeSean McCoy suffering a high ankle sprain.

Bush was aware of the record, as was interim coach Anthony Lynn, who said during the week he "would love to get [Bush] a couple carries."

"It's tough," Bush said in the Bills' locker room Wednesday. "I just didn't have a lot of opportunities this year. And so I'm not worried about that, finishing with negative yards or anything like that. If I had more opportunities, it would be a different story. But I didn't have that."

The last player to finish in negative yardage on at least 10 rushes, excluding quarterbacks, was Chicago fullback John Adams in 1961, per Pro Football Reference data.

A few dozen players finished the 2016 season with negative rushing yards. Most were quarterbacks or running backs who carried only a handful of times. Ravens punter Sam Koch ranked last with negative-23 yards. Lions receiver Golden Tate lost 3 yards on nine rushes.

Bush had bounced back into positive yardage in early December, but fell back into the negatives by losing eight yards on a reverse against Miami last week. He also lost 10 yards earlier this year on a failed running back pass. In chronological order, Bush's 12 carries went for -3, 5, -6, 3, 1, 5, 1, 2, -10, 3, 4 and -8 yards.

Bush made $1.5 million this season. He had one rushing touchdown and also caught seven passes for 90 yards.

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