Ryan Shazier is recovering from spinal surgery and is reportedly showing signs of improvement, but it is too early to say whether he will ever play football again.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Shazier has been showing “gradual improvement” over the past few days. Doctors are limiting his movement so they can continue to control the swelling and bruising in the Steelers star’s back, and football is not at the forefront of anyone’s mind at this time.
You can understand why. Shazier fell to the turf after making a tackle with his head down on Monday night, and he immediately grabbed at his back. He also appeared to be moving his extremities as if he was worried about losing feeling in them.
It would be premature for any doctor to say how the injury will affect Shazier’s football career, but one neurologist is not optimistic in the wake of the 25-year-old surgery. At this point, Shazier getting back his range of motion and being able to live a normal life again is the top priority.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Thursday that Ryan Shazier underwent surgery to stabilize his spine, but it is unclear when the star linebacker might return to the field. According to one doctor, there’s a chance it may never happen.
Dr. Anthony Alessi, a neurologist from the University of Connecticut who consults with the NFL Players Association, told ESPN’s Michele Steele that the type of procedure Shazier underwent could indicate his playing career is over.
Alessi stressed that he has not had access to Shazier’s medical records and is only sharing his opinion, though it is obviously an educated one.
Players and coaches from the Steelers have said this week that they are far more concerned about Shazier’s health than they are about his timeline for returning to the field. As soon as Shazier hit the turf after lowering his head on a tackle Monday night, it was obviously he wasn’t dealing with something minor.
When Rob Gronkowski suffered a back injury last year, we heard a doctor say the same type of things about his playing career. While the two situations are not the same, we hope Alessi’s fears end up being unfounded as well.
The Pittsburgh Steelers released a statement on Thursday revealing that Ryan Shazier underwent surgery to stabilize his spine, and it almost goes without saying that the linebacker will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
While the Steelers have not made any official announcements about Shazier’s recovery timeline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it will be months before Shazier can even start to consider a return to football.
Shazier was injured while making a tackle during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He went in for the hit with his head down and immediately fell to the turf.
It sounds like the injury could have been much, much worse, but it could still be a long road back for Shazier. The play he was injured on was just one of several brutal hits throughout the game.
There is at least some good news on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.
In a statement released by the Steelers, it was announced that Shazier is well enough that he was able to be moved from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh for further testing and evaluation.
Shazier still has a lengthy recovery ahead of him, we can assume, and there remains a lot that we don’t know. The signs sound good, and the fact that he was able to be safely transported from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh is positive news as well.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier left Monday night’s game following an incredibly frightening tackle play, but we continue to hear positive updates about his health.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Tuesday morning that Shazier had “some movement” in his lower extremities and has shown promising signs.
The Steelers said in a statement that doctors do not believe Shazier will need to undergo surgery, which is also good news.
Shazier went in head-first to make a tackle on a Cincinnati Bengals player and immediately grabbed at his back area. He was able to roll onto his back and move his arms and legs, but it appeared he was in a great deal of pain.
Shazier’s injury was just one in a game that featured numerous brutal hits. Here’s hoping he is able to make a full recovery.
Ryan Shazier’s status following Monday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game is all anyone could talk about.
The Steelers linebacker was taken off on a backboard after injuring himself making a tackle with the crown of his helmet in the first quarter. He was not moving his lower body, which was an extreme concern. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
The Steelers did not give updates on his status, aside from saying it was a back injury. But Steelers reporter Gerry Dulac provided a positive update after the game.
NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala also said Steelers players were told news from the hospital was “encouraging.”
Some said his injury was called a spinal cord concussion.
That’s as good as it gets.
ESPN’s Michele Steele previously reported that Shazier was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center because they have a Level 1 trauma center.
“He was conscious after the hit. He was interacting with personnel,” Steele reported. She also said eyewitnesses said the lower half of Shazier’s body was completely limp.
Given what was feared, these signs are all encouraging.
Several players from around the NFL sent prayers and well wishes to Ryan Shazier after he appeared to suffer a back injury during Monday night’s game between the Steelers and Bengals.
During the first quarter, Shazier went in head-first to make a tackle and fell to the ground, immediately grabbing his back. He then rolled over on his back and remained that way until medical personnel arrived. Below is video of the play.
Shazier was taken to the locker room on a cart. Shortly thereafter, the team announced he was being evaluated for a back injury.
In the wake of the scary scene on the field, players from around the league took to social media to send Shazier their support.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is looking forward to playing against the division rival Baltimore Ravens this weekend, and he has a very interesting way of showing it.
Shazier shared a photo on Instagram early Thursday morning that featured a pack of wolves eating their prey. It was pretty graphic:
“We hungry… By any means we’re going to eat!” the caption read.
It’s safe to assume Shazier was implying the Steelers are going to use that mentality against the Ravens, and they may need it.
Baltimore is fighting for a playoff spot and currently has the No. 7 spot in the AFC. A win over the Steelers would pull the Ravens into a tie for first in the AFC North, so this is basically the most important game of the year for both teams. Will Terrell Suggs respond to Shazier’s post with one of his infamous T-shirts? We wouldn’t rule it out.
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Ryan Shazier laid a huge hit on Giovani Bernard during the third quarter of the Steelers’ playoff game Saturday, causing the Bengals running back to fumble.
Bernard caught a pass from AJ McCarron and turned up field where he was met by Shazier, who drilled him:
Bernard fumbled and crumbled after the hit. The officials blew the whistle to stop the play, negating a Steelers touchdown on a run back.
The hit was controversial because Shazier hit Bernard high, but it was ruled legal. The reasoning was that Bernard had turned up field and was no longer considered a defenseless receiver.
The hit led to a skirmish breaking out between both sides. Vontaze Burfict, who notoriously hates the Steelers, got involved and was said to be going nuts on the sidelines.