Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has broken ribs; out for season

Brandon Marshall, J.J. Wilcox
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch against Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox (27) before getting injured in the first half Thursday night.
(Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been ruled out for the team’s Dec. 15 home game against New Orleans due to two fractured ribs and a lung injury suffered in Thursday night’s loss to Dallas.

Marshall was hit in the ribs by the knee of Dallas defensive back Barry Church in the second quarter. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

A team spokesman said whether Marshall is able to play again this season will be determined once there is a better understanding of the injuries.

Cardinals will be without two starters


Two Arizona Cardinals starters, running back Andre Ellington and right guard Paul Fanaika, have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ellington sustained a hip pointer in last Sunday’s loss at Atlanta. He already had been dealing with soreness in the other hip and, most significantly, a partially torn tendon in his foot.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was listed as questionable on Friday after going through a full practice for the first time since bruising his left knee against Detroit on Nov. 16.

Both Fitzgerald and starting inside linebacker Larry Foote (foot) will be game-time decisions.



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will never know what their offense would have looked like under Jeff Tedford’s guidance. The former University of California coach and first-year NFL offensive coordinator was released from his contract with the team on Friday, less than four months after undergoing a heart procedure that’s kept him away from practice, meeting rooms and games all season. ... Panthers Coach Ron Rivera says running back DeAngelo Williams will miss Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a broken bone in his hand. It will be the seventh game this season the 31-year-old running back has missed due to injuries. ...

Steelers second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones said he expects to play Sunday against Cincinnati. Jones has missed the last nine games while recovering from a wrist injury. Jones practiced all week and believes the team will take him off the injured reserve/return list sometime this weekend. The Steelers will need Jones if veteran James Harrison can’t play. Harrison did not practice all week due to a knee injury. ... Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan is doubtful Sunday against Baltimore because of an ankle injury that has forced him to miss the past three games. Finnegan was limited in practice this week.

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