San Francisco 49ers defensive back Josh Norman reportedly spent Sunday night in the hospital.
Norman, 33, exited the 49ers-Packers game on Sunday Night Football in the first half with an injury and never returned. It was described as a chest injury, but the severity was unknown.
According to NFL insider Mike Garafolo, Norman wound up spending the night in the hospital after he started spitting up blood. Fortunately, the tests all came back negative. Norman's stay in the hospital was only precautionary.
Garafolo has the latest on Norman's status:
We'll pass along any new information we receive on Josh Norman. Let's hope he can make a full recovery.
The 49ers signed Norman at the beginning of the month to add much-needed depth to the secondary. He's already played an integral role in San Francisco's secondary, especially following Jason Verrett's season-ending injury. Norman has also made it possible for 49ers rookies Ambry Thomas and Deommodore Lenoir to not be thrust into the fire so quickly.
In two games played so far this season, the veteran defensive back has three total tackles and one forced fumble. Norman's health and play this season will prove critical to the 49ers' potential success.
San Francisco, meanwhile, fell to 2-1 on the season in a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. After scoring a go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Aaron Rodgers needed just two downfield shots to get the Packers into field-goal range. Mason Crosby then nailed a 51-yarder to win the game.
The 49ers will have to put the loss behind them in a hurry. They host the Seattle Seahawks in a massive NFC West battle this Sunday.