Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was hospitalized after suffering a scary injury earlier this month during a game, was placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his season.
NBC reported Thursday, Dec. 14, that he’s now starting his physical rehabilitation. It comes after he had spinal stabilization surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center about one week ago.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 14, 2017
“Ryan Shazier remains hospitalized at UPMC recovering from the spinal stabilization surgery performed last week by UMPC neurosurgeons and Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon. Mr. Shazier has started physical rehabilitation as part of his recovery process,” reads a statement from the medical team on Thursday, according to NBC.
Shazier went down in the first quarter of the Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. He appeared to grab his back before he was put on a board and carted off the field.
Very scary situation for Ryan Shazier. Looks to be a serious spinal injury. Prayers that it is nothing serious and just a stinger. 🙏🏽🙌🏽 #HereWeGo
— Sports Junkie (@_Sports00) December 5, 2017
According to a recent ESPN report, Shazier has continued to show improvement.
Last week, there were dire reports about Shazier’s condition, with some speculating that he may never play football again.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dedicated Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens to Shazier.
Latest update on Steelers’ LB Ryan Shazier: pic.twitter.com/8fJQgpvVso
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2017
“Just his spirit — I go see him, man, he wants to talk about the game plan,” Tomlin said. “He wants to talk about how the guys are doing. He wants to talk specifically about what’s transpiring in practice settings and so forth. That’s Ryan,” he said of Shazier, according to an ESPN report.
“I’m going to let our statement speak for us in regards to that, regarding his medical status and things of that nature or moods relative to that,” Tomlin added. “I just think the cleanest way to continue to address this matter is to do so in a very formal matter. That way, no words are misunderstood or nothing’s misleading in terms of our description of where he is.”
Ryan Shazier and his family celebrate the Steelers win 🙏
(via shazier/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/yuq0lH5lV3
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) December 11, 2017
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