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Person familiar with injury: Saints safety Rafael Bush has fibula fracture in right leg

  • Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) fumbles into the end zone in front of New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Bengals recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) fumbles into the end zone in front of New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Bengals recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is tackled by New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) and defensive back A.J. Davis (20) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) is tackled by New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) and defensive back A.J. Davis (20) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)  (The Associated Press)

A person familiar with the injury says New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush has a fractured fibula in his right leg which will likely be surgically repaired.

The person says it remains unclear if Bush will have to miss the rest of the season. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed the injury.

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-10 loss to Cincinnati. After the game, Bush told teammates and reporters that he fractured his tibia. However, the person who spoke to the AP says Bush mistakenly used the wrong anatomical term.

The fibula is a smaller bone which bears less weight than the tibia, and the recovery time is often shorter.

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