Mike Tomlin has no update on Ryan Shazier’s condition, says he’s in good spirits

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remains in a Cincinnati hospital after suffering a back injury and being stretchered off the field in last night’s game against the Bengals, and coach Mike Tomlin said today that Shazier feels good mentally, even as he declined to give any further information about his physical condition.

“I really have no update in terms of his medical status,” Tomlin said. “Obviously it was a tough evening, but, man, Ryan’s a trooper. I had an opportunity to spend some time with him. He’s in really good spirits. Tough guy.”

Despite the bitter rivalry between the Steelers and Bengals on the field, Tomlin said the people in Cincinnati could not have been better to Shazier, and to Steelers personnel who visited Shazier in the hospital.

“We got extraordinary support from the people in Cincinnati, specifically the University of Cincinnati Medical Center staff and personnel, the Cincinnati paramedics, the Cincinnati Police Department went above and beyond in terms of assisting Ryan and us,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers have said they hope Shazier will be able to leave the hospital today. Tomlin indicated that a further update on Shazier’s condition could be coming later today as well.

13 responses to “Mike Tomlin has no update on Ryan Shazier’s condition, says he’s in good spirits

  1. The fact Shazier will be able to leave the hospital today is good news alone, and speaks volumes about his condition. Way too much overreaction last night, with some folks talking about not watching football anymore. Relax, people.

  2. I have seen neck injuries on a football field. But I can’t say I have ever seen a player make a solid hit, and the impact injure the lower back the way it did for Shazier. It’s as if the impact travelled down his spine until it found the weak spot? Hopefully he completely recovers. Curious if there was an injury leading up to this at some point in his life leaving him susceptible to this and he didn’t even know it?

  3. I don’t like Burfict and Shazier but nonetheless I am praying that they and other players will heal and be fine. I saw the clips and it is scary. I hope players will set aside animosity and vengeance when their teammates get hurt. It is a vicious cycle. I hope the fear in these two instances sinks in.

  4. To the author, the correct word is “trouper” and not “trooper”.

    So grammar nerd mode off… I hope Ryan pulls through as he’s a great player.

  5. When are coaches going to teach players not to drop their head when making a tackle.shazier a good player, who always drops his head when tackling.its just the way he tackle. Not dirty by any means. Just a great talent who has never been taught how to see what you hit

  6. viesczyd says:
    December 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    To the author, the correct word is “trouper” and not “trooper”.

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    Usually, yes, but in this case “trooper” is more accurate.

  7. The fact Shazier will be able to leave the hospital today is good news alone, and speaks volumes about his condition. Way too much overreaction last night, with some folks talking about not watching football anymore. Relax, people.

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    In saying they hope Shazier may be able to leave the Cincinnati hospital today, they don’t necessarily mean he will be able to walk out the door and catch a flight to Pittsburgh. They just as easily could mean he will be transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital. I pray it’s the former. But given that he had no movement in his legs last night, no one was overreacting. This is a dangerous game. We’ve had players killed on our high school team, and seen players become paraplegics and quadriplegics in the college and pro games. The reaction of the players on the field set the tone for how fans reacted. The fact that fans recognized the seriousness of the situation gives me hope that most good people can still feel empathy for others.

    Still praying constantly for Ryan’s recovery.

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