A hit that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall took on Thursday night still has him hospitalized on Friday afternoon.
The Bears announced that Marshall remains hospitalized because of a lung injury. Marshall also has two broken ribs.
Marshall made a great catch on fourth-and-7 to extend the Bears’ first scoring drive, but he paid a serious price for it when he took a knee to the back from Dallas defensive back Barry Church. Marshall was in obvious pain and was taken by ambulance from Soldier Field to a Chicago hospital.
Bears coach Marc Trestman said he went to visit Marshall in the hospital after Thursday night’s game and he “was in very good spirits.”
The Bears say Marshall will definitely miss next week’s game against the Saints but that it is not yet known whether he will be able to return at all this season. Realistically, it’s hard to see why a player who suffered such a serious injury would return to the field in the next few weeks, especially when the Bears are effectively out of the playoff race and have nothing to play for. Marshall and the Bears should think of his long-term health and put his season to an end.