Despite suffering a brutal chest injury last weekend, 49ers cornerback Josh Norman was still hoping he could play this weekend. Head coach Kyle Shanahan tempered expectations during yesterday’s press conference.
“Right now I’ll see what it’s like when I talk to the doctors today, but I’d find it quite questionable,” Shanahan said (h/t to 49erswebzone.com). “We hope he can get out. He’s trying to condition. Every time you get an injury like that when it’s in your lungs and things like that, when you heal, you have to get your stamina back. You need to catch your breath again. Anytime you mess with your lungs, it’s a little scary for anyone, let alone an athlete, who works hard and does stuff like that. We’ll be able to condition him today the most that we’ve been able to do in the last five days, and if he responds really well, I think he’s got a chance. So hopefully we have a good day today.”
The veteran had to be hospitalized last weekend after reportedly spitting up blood. He was later diagnosed with bruised lungs and tissue damage.
Norman struck with the 49ers just before the start of the regular season. He has started two games this year, racking up three tackles and one forced fumble. The 33-year-old played nine games for the Bills in 2020.
Before that, Norman was one of the best corners in the league. His best work came during his time with the Panthers. He dominated in 2015 and played a key role in their run to Super Bowl 50. He intercepted four passes that year and took two back for touchdowns. It remains one of the greatest contract year performances in modern NFL history.