When Chad Marshall crashed to the turf during Wednesday's training session and was rushed off in an ambulance, there were fears of the worst. The three-time MLS Defender of the Year has battled concussions throughout his career and it seemed at least possible that this could be a career ender.
That does not appear to be the case. The Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday that Marshall suffered a neck sprain. This is the full statement from the club:
"Following an injury sustained in training on Wednesday, September 30, Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall has undergone a full battery of medical tests and protocols. The club can confirm at this time that he sustained a neck sprain, and all precautions are being taken to ensure the player's health and recovery. Marshall has subsequently been discharged from Virginia Mason Medical Center and is recovering at home with his family. A timeline for Marshall's return has not been determined, and no other information is available at this time. Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid is addressing media following the club's next scheduled training session on Friday, October 2 at approximately 11:30 a.m. PT. Interested members of the media should contact Sounders FC Communications for further details."
At the very least, it would appear that Marshall will miss Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy. The "normal person" recovery time from a neck sprain is about 4-6 weeks.