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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ryan Shazier confirms report that he is still unable to walk on his own

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier has made great progress since he suffered a devastating spinal injury just two months ago, but the Steelers linebacker is still unable to walk without assistance.

On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Shazier has regained movement in his legs and has been taking part in a regular walking routine. NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya later clarified that Shazier is still unable to walk on his own and either uses a walker or has people support him, and Shazier confirmed those details.

Shazier began inpatient rehabilitation therapy on Dec. 6, which was two days after he suffered a spinal injury while making a routine tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was released from the rehab facility on Thursday.

Shazier was able to attend one of the Steelers’ practices last month, which was a good sign. His father has also provided some encouraging updates about the 25-year-old’s motor skills, so hopefully the progress keeps coming.

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