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Devin Bush and Bud Dupree both suffered season-ending ACL injuries in 2020 and are both rehabbing together this offseason at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Bush suffered his injury against the Browns on Oct. 18 and Dupree got injured against the Ravens on Dec. 2. Bush is currently on the right track to return for the 2021 season almost four months after suffering his injury.
During a Steelers Nation Unite Huddle conference call with fans today, Bush was asked about his recovery and said "he's on schedule" with his rehab and is trying to get ready for this upcoming season, "especially camp."
The recovery from an ACL tear can sometimes be 10 months. Being that Bush suffered his injury on Oct. 18, he should be back by the start of the 2021 regular season or at least training camp like he mentioned. Since Dupree suffered his injury almost two months later, it's unclear if he'll be ready to go by September.
Dupree is set to become an unrestrictred free agent next month and it's unlikely that the Steelers will be able to re-sign him given their dire salary cap situation. Dupree will command at least $17 million per year or more on the open market and the Steelers simply won't be able to compete with other teams.
Bush was asked about whether Dupree will be back with the Steelers during his conference call today.
“Who knows at this point? It depends on if the numbers are right and adds up to us being able to keep Bud,” Bush said. “But that’s between Bud and the organization.”