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A St. Louis jury ruled in favor of former running back Reggie Bush on Tuesday.

The jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and another $7.5 million in punitive damages for the injury he suffered at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in 2015, according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Rams were found 100 percent liable for the season-ending knee injury Bush suffered in a Nov. 1 game as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Bush slipped on what his 2016 lawsuit called a “concrete ring of death” after being pushed out of bounds, severely injuring his knee. The concrete surface was covered with rubber padding two weeks later.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles the season following the injury.

“I’m very happy with the verdict,” Bush told the Post-Dispatch. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.”

Bush’s lawyer had asked for a judgment ranging from $10 million to $15 million, arguing that the running back was in line for a three-year contract in that range at the time.

He signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract with the Buffalo Bills for the 2016 season and said in December that he plans to retire.

Rams spokeswoman Joanna Hunter didn’t comment on the verdict, while attorneys for the team said they plan to file a motion for a new trial.

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Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t listening to widespread talk that the San Francisco 49ers could earn a playoff berth in 2018.

“People always like to talk about the predictions with the season. Even when the season just ends, they start talking about it,” Garoppolo told reporters on Tuesday, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “It’s all noise on the outside, but I think we have a good group that is locked in right now. We’re focused on OTAs. We’ll go into training camp, hopefully have a good training camp and take it day by day.”

The 49ers have a projected win total of 8.5 for 2018, according to Bovada.

They finished the 2017 season on a five-game win streak in Garoppolo’s only five starts since being acquired via trade from the New England Patriots.

A civil trial began in St. Louis on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit filed by former NFL running back Reggie Bush, who’s reportedly seeking at least $25,000 in damages for an injury he suffered at Edward Jones Dome (now the Dome at America’s Center) in St. Louis in 2015, according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bush submitted the lawsuit against the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission in January 2016, after he suffered a season-ending knee injury as a member of the San Francisco 49ers when he slipped on concrete as he was being pushed out of bounds.

“You can see, it’s like all of a sudden he’s running on an ice rink,” Bush’s lawyer Tim Cronin told jurors in opening statements Tuesday as he played video of the injury in the courtroom. “Whatever risks a football player assumes, concrete 11 yards outside the sidelines is not one of them.”

The then-St. Louis Rams were added as a defendant roughly two weeks after Bush initially filed the suit, which claims the owners and operators of the dome showed negligence by allowing “a dangerous condition to exist at the Dome.”

The suit states the concrete surface was covered with rubber padding two weeks after the injury.

“There have been hundreds of games here and they haven’t had any issues with it,” said then-Rams head coach Jeff Fisher shortly after the incident.

Bush finished the 2015 season with just 28 rushing yards in five games. He then signed with the Buffalo Bills for the following season but lost three yards on 12 carries in 13 games, though he added 90 yards on seven receptions.

Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark has died at 61 after a year-long battle with ALS, his family confirmed Monday.

Clark was the 49ers’ 10th-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft and spent nine seasons with the team. He ranks third in franchise history in receiving yards and fourth in receptions.

The two-time All-Pro is best remembered for his role in “The Catch,” one of the most memorable moments in NFL history. Clark caught the game-winning touchdown pass at the end of the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, sending San Francisco to its first Super Bowl and launching a dynasty.

Clark is a two-time Super Bowl champion, and later had his No. 87 retired by the 49ers.

Though the Seattle Seahawks released him in March, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman continues to show support for his former teammates.

Appearing at a youth football camp in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Sherman stood by current Seahawk Earl Thomas, arguing that the safety deserves to be paid as an elite NFL player.

“I think Earl Thomas deserves the money he’s asking for,” Sherman told NFL Network’s Michael Robinson, according to NFL.com’s Austin Knoblauch. “I think he deserves to be compensated as the top safety in the league. Whether Seattle does that or not is up to them.”

Seattle reportedly listened to at least two offers for the ball-hawking defensive back this offseason and sought a second-rounder for the six-time Pro Bowler, but general manager John Schneider said Thomas wants to stay despite the rumors. He’s entering the last year of his contract.

The Seahawks may be unwilling to pay a hefty price to retain Thomas’ services, but Sherman believes that would be unwise.

“Obviously, (Thomas) plays at a high level and the defense doesn’t really work without his contribution,” Sherman said. “I think after a while you show a certain level of respect to your players who’ve put in the time.

“And he’s been a great example of dedication and perseverance, and just incredible excellence. So obviously he deserves to get paid, but whether they pay him or not is up to them.”

Despite Thomas’ importance, Seattle’s numerous roster adjustments this offseason illustrate that the team is not afraid to part with veteran players. The former first-round pick will enter his ninth season with the Seahawks if he isn’t traded or released prior to Week 1.

Reuben Foster‘s ex-girlfriend testified in court Thursday that she lied about the San Francisco 49ers linebacker hitting her during a domestic dispute in February, adding that she’s the one who actually got violent.

Elissa Ennis told the courtroom during Foster’s preliminary hearing that she struck him with a hanger during an argument that led to his arrest on three felony charges.

“I was threatening Reuben … that I was going to fuck up his career,” Ennis said, according to Cam Inman of The Mercury News.

The incident between Foster and Ennis took place at his house around the time they broke up. Ennis admitted she was hurt when the relationship ended and said she decided then and there she was going to ruin the second-year defender’s career by lying about domestic violence.

“I told him I’m going to fuck your shit up and make sure you don’t have a job tomorrow,” she testified.

Ennis called 911 three times during the altercation. In the police report, she accused Foster of punching her in the head, throwing her out of the house by her hair, smashing her cellphones, and throwing her dog.

“I wanted to be extra,” she said when asked why she dialed 911 three times. “I wanted him to go down. I was pissed.”

Ennis also said she took Foster’s money and jewelry when she went home to Louisiana following his arrest.

“It was all a money scheme,” she said. “I didn’t want to get this far in the news. It was about money.”

Foster stated days before the preliminary hearing that he’ll plead not guilty to all three charges if prosecutors move forward with the case. The judge presiding over the hearing said there won’t be a ruling on a potential trial until next week, according to Inman.

Jimmy Garoppolo faces the unique pressure of restoring the San Francisco 49ers back to greatness, but he received a vote of confidence on Tuesday from one of the franchise’s legends.

Garoppolo, who led the 49ers to a five-game winning streak to close out the 2017 season, gained an endorsement from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, who led the franchise to its last Super Bowl victory in 1994. Young believes Garoppolo acquired invaluable experience serving as Tom Brady’s backup prior to being traded to the 49ers in October.

“Now the expectations are huge, and that’s good,” Young said via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He knows how good you have to be. He’s watched it – so that’s nice. It’s not going to be, ‘Oh, Jimmy, the expectations are too high.’ He’s like, ‘No, I know how good you have to be. You can expect me to do whatever you want, but I know how good I have to be. I’ve witnessed it.’ It just makes a huge difference. A lot of players don’t have any idea how hard the job is; what really good looks like. And Jimmy’s watched it for four years.”

Young also credited the young quarterback for stopping the downward spiral that permeated the 49ers organization.

“It’s so hard to come into a team that’s not winning, in midseason, with new coaches and new plays, and just start winning games,” Young said. “That’s just so hard to do. You can try to diminish it, but why would you? You’ve got a 1-10 team that goes 5-0. Jimmy did so much just to stop the madness.”

Young helped define the 49ers during the 1990s and now Garoppolo is faced with the task of reviving the team while competing for the NFC West title in a division that’s been entirely revamped. Gaining the confidence of a team legend could go a long way and may foreshadow a career-defining year for Garoppolo.