Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field and taken to a hospital early in Monday night’s game after making a scary hit.
And all of a sudden this game doesn't seem so important anymore. Will pass along Shazier updates as we get them. #Steelers— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) December 5, 2017
Shazier went in to make a tackle, striking Cincinnati receiver Josh Malone with the crown of his helmet and immediately appearing to go limp as he fell to the ground facedown.
According to Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert, Shazier suffered a back injury and was taken to the University Medical Center. He had a CT Scan and an MRI to evaluate his condition.
He said Shazier will not require surgery and continues to improve.
He will stay overnight and will hopefully return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Shazier reached around to his lower back as he rolled over.
Medical personnel strapped Shazier to a backboard and placed him on a cart. He held his hands to his face as he was taken off the field.
UPDATE: #50 Ryan Shazier has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation on his back.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 5, 2017
He will not return to tonight’s game & there will be no further updates at this time.
Lets come together and say a prayer for Shazier. Hope he is okay— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) December 5, 2017
There was no immediate word about the extent of his injury. The team said his status was "unavailable."
WPXI's Chase Williams later reported Shazier was taken from the stadium to a nearby hospital with a back injury.
Our thoughts and prayers are with @Steelers LB Ryan Shazier.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 5, 2017
Shazier was the Steelers' first overall pick in 2014 out of Ohio State University. He made his first Pro Bowl last season.