49ers' Josh Norman Released from Hospital; Day-to-Day with Lung Injury

Doric SamSeptember 27, 2021

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Josh Norman #26 of the San Francisco 49ers defends during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 49ers defeated the Eagles 17-11. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman was released from the hospital Monday after leaving Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers following an injury in the first half.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday night that Norman is day-to-day with a bruised lung.

Nick Wagoner @nwagoner

Norman is out of the hospital now, according to Shanahan. He was in meetings today. There's a possibility he could play this week. He has to clear some further tests before he's cleared to play again.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Monday morning that Norman went to the hospital after spitting up blood. Norman spent the night there as a precaution after tests didn't reveal anything abnormal.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network later reported Norman had bruised lungs and tissue damage that may have caused internal bleeding. Rapoport added Norman was undergoing additional testing and that the cornerback "hopes to play next week."

Norman recorded a tackle and a forced fumble before exiting Sunday's game. San Francisco cornerback K'Waun Williams was also forced out of the game due to a calf injury, leaving the 49ers thin at the position.

San Francisco already lost starting cornerback Jason Verrett for the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in Week 1. They entered Sunday's game with corners Dre Kirkpatrick and Ambry Thomas on the inactive list.

Norman, a former All-Pro selection in his 10th NFL season, was signed by the 49ers earlier this month to add depth to the secondary. He spent the 2020 season with the Buffalo Bills, recording 24 tackles, four passes defended, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Prior to joining the Bills, Norman spent four seasons with the Carolina Panthers and four seasons with the Washington Football Team. While playing for the Panthers, Norman earned his lone Pro Bowl selection and first-team All-Pro honors in 2015. He has 15 career interceptions.

The 49ers lost Sunday's game to the Packers on a last-second field goal by Mason Crosby for their first loss of the 2021 season.

With NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks coming to town in Week 4, San Francisco will face the daunting task of facing talented Seattle receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf with a depleted secondary.