We're just starting to get to know Michael Bush, so he's either got a droll sense of humor or he doesn't really enjoy some of the roles for which he's known.
At 6 foot 1, 245 pounds, Bush is a force, and he showed plenty of power and potential in Thursday's opening practice. But asked if he is looking forward to getting pads on, Bush said, "No.
"More shots at me. But that's how it is."
Then, Bush was asked if he liked short-yardage and goal-line running.
"That's the role I've been stuck with, because of my size," he said. "But if that's what I got to do, then that's what I got to do."
Asked if he doesn't necessarily like it, Bush said, "No one likes to be a battering ram but it just happens that way."
Naturally, Bush wants to be an every down back, but he won't get that chance, so long as Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte is healthy for the Bears. Bush showed plenty of skills last season, filling in for Darren McFadden and finished with 977 rushing yards, mostly in nine starts. He also had 37 catches for 418 yards, with eight total touchdowns.