Ryan Shazier

#50 LB / Pittsburgh Steelers / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 230 lb Age: 25 College: Ohio State Bye 9

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  • Steelers' Ryan Shazier: Lands on IR
    By RotoWire Staff

    Shazier (spine) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. It had already been reported that Shazier would need multiple months to recover from the spinal stabilization surgery he underwent on Dec. 6, so placing him on IR is nothing more than a formality. The Steelers will be in no rush to return their star linebacker to the field, and his long-term health will continue to be the team's primary concern.

  • Sources familiar with Shazier's situation have indicated that the linebacker is continuing to show gradual improvement in his recovery from spinal stabilization surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Shazier remains hospitalized as a result of the serious back injury, which he sustained early in the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Bengals on Monday. In spite of the positive report regarding Shazier's health, doctors are still limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside, making it difficult to forecast if he'll be able to resume his football career. The Steelers have already ruled Shazier out for the season and have indicated that his long-term health is their top concern.

  • Shazier is expected to require multiple months to recover from spinal stabilization surgery before he considers returning to football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. As expected, the procedure spells an end to Shazier's season, and also calls the rest of his playing career into serious question. In the months to come, Shazier will presumably meet with the Steelers to discuss his future, but it's too early in his recovery timeline to predict if he'll be able to play in 2018.

  • Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday. Shazier was hospitalized after suffering a scary-looking back injury in Monday's 23-20 win over the Bengals that resulted in him being stretchered off the field. While the linebacker is said to be in good spirits and has since regained movement in his lower extremities, the spinal procedure almost certainly ends Shazier's season and could put his career in jeopardy. More updates on Shazier's health and NFL future should be provided periodically during the recovery process.

  • Steelers' Ryan Shazier: Showing improvement
    By RotoWire Staff

    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert relayed in a statement that Shazier, who suffered a back injury Monday night against the Bengals, "will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve." Per the report, Shazier underwent a CT scan and an MRI to evaluate his back injury and it is hoped that the linebacker can return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport subsequently noted that Shazier "has shown promising signs and has some movement in his lower extremities," adding that "the next 24-48 hours are key for increased improvement."

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