Sounders defender Chad Marshall left Wednesday morning’s practice session at Starfire Sports Complex by ambulance after falling and hitting his head during a drill.
Marshall was quickly attended to by team trainers, who supported his head and neck while the defender lay prone on the field until the ambulance arrived. Marshall was then taken onto the ambulance via stretcher, his neck in a brace as a semicircle of teammates looked on.
Though it wasn’t immediately clear what had happened — Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said it was a head or neck injury, but “we don’t really know, so there’s nothing I can say” — Marshall sent out an encouraging message on Twitter late Wednesday night.
“Thank you everyone for the messages and well wishes,” Marshall tweeted. “Really means a lot. Scans went well and I’m doing alright.”
The 31-year-old, who won the MLS Defender of the Year award for a record third time last season, has suffered several concussions during his 12-year Major League Soccer career.
Though it was hard to spot from the sidelines, several teammates confirmed following practice that Marshall was able to move his arms and legs before the stretcher came out. Their reactions backed up Schmid’s claim that the team was erring on the side of caution — though clearly shaken, smiles returned to some faces before leaving the field.
“You’re always going to err on the side of being conservative in a situation like this, any time it’s a head or a neck,” Schmid said.
The players are off on Thursday but return to the practice field on Friday. Further updates on Marshall’s status to follow as they come.