Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has “started physical rehabilitation as part of his recovery process” from a spinal injury suffered last week, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
— UPMC (@UPMCnews) December 14, 2017
It’s the latest update after the former Ohio State linebacker went down while making a tackle in the Steelers’ Dec. 4 win over the Bengals. Shazier went to the ground and pointed to his back as he was carted off the field. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery last week, and Shazier was reportedly going through “gradual improvement following the surgery.”
From after the surgery:
Just got off phone w neurologist Dr Anthony Alessi, who consults w NFLPA, asked him what he makes of Shazier's spinal stabilization surgery. "It's not good…We're not going to see him this season. He may not play football again."
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) December 7, 2017
Shazier is in his fourth year in the NFL after the Steelers took him with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2014 draft. He wasn’t in attendance for Pittsburgh’s win over the Ravens on Sunday, but was able to celebrate with his teammates on FaceTime after the game. The Steelers wore custom cleats in his honor for that game.
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