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Free-agent RB Michael Bush: There goes my career

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The NFL's first-ever Veteran Combine has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Michael Bush.

The free-agent running back was initially optimistic after Sunday's workout in front of close to 100 league scouts and general managers. Thirty years old and looking for another on-field shot, Bush said he was thankful "to show people I can still run a little bit."

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Then a scribe broke the news, telling the former Raiders and Bears back that he clocked out at an unofficial 4.91 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Bush was mortified.

"You gotta be (expletive) me," he said. "... 4.91? ... There you go, there goes my career."

Another question was asked, to break the silence, but Bush wasn't ready to move on.

"Man, stop playing. 4.91? You all just messed it up for me," said Bush, pointing to a reporter. "A 4.91? That's like saying you can come off the bench, and you can come catch me."

None of us could, but Bush argued that scouts will count Sunday's ill 40 time above all else, saying: "To me, I think that's all they look at."

Staring beyond us -- and perhaps beyond his NFL career -- Bush was somewhere else entirely.

"It hurts," he said. "It hurts."

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