Shazier (spine) announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he has retired from professional football.
Despite his best efforts to come back from the severe spinal injury he suffered in a Dec. 4, 2017 game against the Bengals, Shazier was ultimately never able to make the progress needed to receive medical clearance to resume his career. The 28-year-old linebacker spent the past two seasons on the Steelers' reserve/PUP list before the team shifted him to the reserve/retired list in March. He's expected to remain with the organization in some capacity as he transitions to life after football. The Steelers' first-round pick in 2014, Shazier appeared in 46 games over four seasons, totaling 275 tackles, seven sacks and seven interceptions while picking up two Pro-Bowl nods.
The Steelers have placed Shazier (spinal injury) on the reserved/retired list, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
"Ryan's placement on the Reserve/Retired List serves as a matter of protocol to ensure his continued inclusion within our organization moving forward in his professional career," Steelers GM/Vice President Kevin Colbert said Tuesday. Shazier hasn't played for the team since suffering a spinal injury during a Dec. 4, 2017 contest against the Bengals.
Shazier (spine) still hopes to resume his football career at some point, but there hasn't been any indication that it will happen in 2020, Joe Rutter of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Shazier suffered a severe spinal injury in December 2017 and wasn't able to walk until April 2018. He spent the past two seasons under contract with the Steelers, staying on the reserve/PUP list. Shazier's contract is expected to expire this offseason, but the Steelers may decide to re-sign him for the veteran's minimum of $820,000. His role with the team last season included mentoring rookie linebacker Devin Bush, the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Steelers placed Shazier (spine) on the PUP list.
Since suffering a spinal injury Dec. 4, 2017, Shazier has embarked on a lengthy recovery effort with the aim to take the field again at some point, "I definitely want to play," he said in January. "I am putting everything into it." As evidence, Shazier posted a video on Instagram of himself performing a box jump with some assistance in early April. While he won't play in 2019, the Steelers will keep the linebacker around with the hope he'll return to football in some capacity.
Shazier (spine) had his contract tolled for the 2019 season Tuesday, Bob Labriola of the team's official site reports.
Tolling Shazier's contract means that he will remain on the Steelers' roster for 2019 and eventually land on the reserve/PUP list. He will also accrue seasons toward his NFL players' pension. The Steelers continue to support Shazier as he works to eventually gain medical clearance and resume his NFL career, though there's no chance the 26-year-old linebacker sees the field before 2020 at the earliest.
Shazier (spine) won't play in 2019 despite hoping to resume his playing career, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Shazier is scheduled to become a free agent in March but the Steelers have said they will keep the linebacker with the organization for the upcoming season. Though the team wants to keep him there is no chance the linebacker sees the field in 2019. Shazier is continuing to seek medical clearance but he won't be able to play until 2020 at the earliest.
Steelers team president Art Rooney II said Wednesday that Shazier (spine) still wants to resume his NFL playing career if he gains medical clearance, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Shazier began jogging in December for the first time since suffering the spinal injury a year earlier in a game against the Bengals. The Steelers kept the 26-year-old under contract for 2018 despite knowing he wouldn't see the field, but he'll become a free agent when the new league year begins in March. Rooney indicated the team would like to re-sign Shazier, though how exactly they would do so remains unclear given the severity of his injury and uncertain playing future.
Shazier (spine) has resumed jogging for the first time since he suffered a serious spinal injury, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Shazier initially sustained a serious spinal injury in December of 2017, and a year later has managed to jog for the first time since his surgery. The two-time Pro Bowler appears to be making substantial progress in his recovery, considering that doctors initially told Shazier there was less than a 20 percent chance he'd walk again, and he has not lost hope regarding an eventual return to the field. Shazier officially remains on the Steelers' PUP list.
Shazier (spine) was officially placed on the Steelers' reserve/PUP list , Teresa Varley of Pittsburgh's official site reports.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced months ago that Shazier wouldn't play during the 2018 season, so this is merely confirmation of that previous report. Shazier will continue to go through his rehabilitation after a severe spinal injury cut his 2017 campaign short. He seemingly hopes to eventually return to the field, though it's unclear if he'll ever receive medical clearance to do so.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced Wednesday that Shazier (spine) won't play during the 2018 season, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
While Shazier remains hopeful to resume his career after suffering a serious spinal injury Dec. 4 that required surgery two days later, the linebacker hasn't made enough progress in his recovery at this point for the Steelers to realistically consider activating him in 2018. Colbert indicated that Shazier, who is due $8.72 million next season after the Steelers exercised his fifth-year team option last April, will be around the organization in some capacity even while he remains unavailable to play. In addition to continuing his rehab under the supervision of team doctors, look for Shazier to act as a de facto assistant coach for the Steelers and provide an uplifting presence in the locker room.
Shazier (spine) said Tuesday in a guest appearance on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast that he's been rehabbing five days a week and plans to resume his football career, Joe Rutter of TribLive.com reports.
The podcast appearance marked Shazier's first public comments regarding the spinal-cord injury he sustained Dec. 4 against the Bengals that required stabilization surgery. The linebacker was hospitalized for two months following the procedure but has recently began working out at the Steelers' facility under the watchful eye of rehab therapists. While Shazier has made it clear that he intends to continue playing football, he'll need to receive medical clearance from doctors later in the offseason for that to become a reality. It could take several more months before doctors decide whether or not to clear the 25-year-old.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday that Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 14, has been working out at the team's facility on a daily basis, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "He does some physical workouts in the morning and he either sits in with the coaches or he sits in with [the front office]. He's learning some personnel stuff, just to keep him involved with us, then he goes and does his rehab at a rehab facility."
Shazier remains in the initial stages of his rehab from the scary spinal injury he suffered Dec. 4 against the Bengals and it has yet to be determined if he'll be able to play football again. The Steelers should have a better idea about his long-term outlook as he progresses during the next few months of rehab, but Colbert is optimistic that the linebacker will remain involved with the organization in some capacity regardless if he receives clearance to resume his playing career. After signing his fifth-year team option last April, Shazier is guaranteed $8.5 million in 2018 whether he returns to the field or not.
Though Shazier is making progresses in his rehab from spinal stabilization surgery, reports that he's been walking on his own have been clarified, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
Per the report, Shazier has movement in his legs, but at this stage, he "needs assistance from a walker or other people or to support him in his rehab walking." The 25-year-old linebacker underwent surgery Dec. 6 after suffering his injury Dec. 4 while attempting to make a tackle during a game against the Bengals.
Shazier has regained movement in his legs since being discharged from the hospital Thursday and is engaging in a regular walking routine, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. "He's making incredible progress," a source familiar with Shazier's recovery told Schefter.
The linebacker's playing career very much hangs in the balance after Shazier suffered a major spine injury Dec. 4 against the Bengals that required a stabilization surgery, but the fact that he's walking again amounts to an encouraging step forward. Schefter notes that Shazier's progress over the next 3-to-6 months is crucial toward determining how much more function the 25-year-old can regain, so a decision on his career outlook isn't expected to be formally announced anytime soon.
Shazier (spine) was discharged from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.
Aside from an appearance at the Steelers' divisional-round loss to the Jaguars, Shazier has been contained to the facility since injuring his back Week 13 against the Bengals. He underwent spine stabilization surgery Dec. 6, which is accompanied by multiple months of recovery. Fortunately for the linebacker, he's improved enough to "transition into an outpatient therapy program through the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services." It remains to be seen, though, whether he'll progress to the point that game action in the NFL is a possibility.
Shazier (spine) has regained feeling in his legs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Shazier has a long way to go in his recovery, but Thursday's news is a great sign looking forward regardless of whether it will translate to a return to the field or not. Keep an eye out for more progress in the linebacker's recovery in the coming months.
Shazier (spine) continues to make progress according to his father, NFL.com reports. "He's much better," Vernon Shazier said, "but we've agreed to keep his progress private until he's ready to share where he's at."
Shazier continues to work his way back from a gruesome spinal injury suffered Week 13 against the Bengals. His road to recovery is still long and winding but it's encouraging to hear that Shazier is doing better. Look for updates to come throughout the offseason.
Shazier (spine), whose season ended following his Week 13 injury that ultimately landed him on injured reserve, finished the 2017 season with 89 tackles (68 solo), three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 13 games.
Shazier now has seven interceptions over the past three seasons and, before his injury, was on pace to lead the team in tackles. However, he failed to record a sack for the first time since his rookie season. Shazier faces several months of rehab from the spinal stabilization surgery he underwent earlier this month, and the team will likely take a cautious approach in terms of his future.
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.