Shazier recorded just four tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Chiefs.
Despite failing to force a turnover for the first time this season, the defense was dominant against a Kansas City offense that entered the contest averaging 32.8 points per game this season. Shazier's four tackles were his fewest in his past 10 games, and he'll look to return to his usual form in Week 7 versus the Bengals, against which he tallied 17 tackles, including a sack in two games last season.
With two full practices this week, Shazier eliminated doubt that he'd miss his first game of the season. The fourth-year linebacker has a team-high 45 tackles (35 solo) and two interceptions in 2017, so his return is critical to the Steelers' chances of slowing down the high-powered Chiefs offense.
Shazier was a new addition to the injury report Wednesday after playing every snap in Week 5. The team was likely exercising caution with the 25-year-old linebacker in order to maintain his health, and his full workload Thursday seemingly supports that premise. Expect him to take the field for Week 6 barring any setbacks.
Shazier is a new addition to the injury report after being the only Steelers defender to play every snap during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. The fact that the 25-year-old still practiced on a limited basis likely means the injury isn't overly severe, but it's still worthwhile to monitor his status at practice the rest of the week.
Shazier totaled eight tackles (five solo) and an interception in a 30-9 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday.
Shazier recorded his second interception in as many games, after managing none in the first 36 regular-season contests of his career. He did, however, intercept Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith, in the playoffs last season. Shazier and the Steelers will take on the Chiefs in their next game in Week 6.
|8||10/29/17||@ DET||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/17||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ HOU||4:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|