The announcement comes less than two weeks after Shazier was injuredof a Monday night game in Cincinnati.
"Ryan Shazier remains hospitalized at UPMC recovering from the spinal stabilization surgery performed last week," the UPMC said in a statement. "Mr. Shazier has started physical rehabilitation as part of his recovery process."
Shazier has been hospitalized since Dec. 4 when he suffered the injury against the Bengals. The Steelers linebacker had to be strapped to a board after he injured himself while trying to make a tackle on Bengals receiver Josh Malone. On the play, the crown of Shazier's helmet slammed into Malone's hip area.
The Steelers linebacker then spent spent two nights in Cincinnatito the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Dec. 6. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on the same day that he was . Six days after the surgery, the Steelers .
Although he suffered a scary injury, Shazier has been in good spirits over the past two weeks. The injured linebacker even Ravens on Sunday. Shazier connected with the team through FaceTime after the game, which Mike Tomlin called a "special" moment.after the Steelers clinched the AFC North with a wild win over the
"A very emotional group in there. AFC North champs. We had Ryan Shazier on FaceTime," Tomlin said. "He had an opportunity to share that moment with the team. That's a special thing."
According to Tomlin, Shazier doesn't just get excited about Steelers games, he also wants.
"I go see him and he wants to talk about the game plan," Tomlin said this week. "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."
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported over the weekend that team officials are hopeful that Shazier "can make a full recovery." With the linebacker now in rehab, he's taken one step closer to making that recovery a reality.