Ryan Shazier has “some movement” in lower extremities

Getty Images

Last night’s encouraging update from the Steelers omitted reference to the question of whether linebacker Ryan Shazier has movement or feeling in his legs. Apparently, he’s not yet where he needs to be regarding that critical aspect of his overall recovery.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Shaizer “has some movement in his lower extremities.” Per Rapoport, “the next 24-48 hours are key for increased improvement.”

This implies that there has indeed been some type of spinal-cord injury that has limited full use of his legs, at least for now. Here’s hoping that improvement will continue, and that Shazier will fully and completely recover.

Said G.M. Kevin Colbert early Tuesday: “Ryan’s injury will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve. He will stay overnight to continue evaluations with the hopes of returning to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.”

58 responses to “Ryan Shazier has “some movement” in lower extremities

  1. The nfl needs to tightens up the lack of equality in the officiating.

    13 penalties – 167 yards for Cincinnati
    7 penalties – 66 yards for pittsburgh

    Last season… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helment.
    Yesterday… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helmet.

    In 20 years… when everyone is watching soccer… I will smile and remember the nfl poor officiating that demonized certain teams and allowed other more guilty teams to benefit.

    Anyway… right now… Ryan Shazier’s health is being stabilized/monitored/cared for by Cincinnatians and a highly regarded Cincinnati hospital.

  2. “has some movement in his lower extremities” does not sound very promising! No matter what team a player is on, does not matter in the scheme of life and quite frankly, neither does football! I hope this young man recovers, to live a full, long, & healthy life! Prayers go out to he & his family…..

  3. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:21 am
    The nfl needs to tightens up the lack of equality in the officiating.
    13 penalties – 167 yards for Cincinnati
    7 penalties – 66 yards for pittsburgh
    Last season… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helment.
    Yesterday… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helmet.
    —————-

    dude – get over it. you can blame bad calls, lack of calls, this, that, etc., all you want. unfortunately your team ALWAYS finds a way to implode vs. the steelers.

  4. Well it’s kind of an inappropriate place for Bengals fans to snivel about the officiating, but I guess a Bengal gotta Bengal and that’s what they do. It’s what they always do.

    Unlike their players and fans, I’m sure Cincinnati has quality medical care facilities. It’s good to hear Shazier is already doing better and won’t need surgery. NFL players take this risk every play and I don’t begrudge them their salaries. They give their health for our entertainment and they earn every penny of their money.

    Go Steelers!

  5. Hoping for the best for Shazier . Not an expert but the way they handled Shazier after the injury didn’t seem to be as cautious as I have seen in other similar incidents . From not securing his neck and arms and allowing his feet to hang over the end of the board and cart it seemed to me that they should have a lot more careful then they were .

  6. doctorrustbelt says:
    Last season… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helment.
    Yesterday… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helmet.
    Anyway… right now… Ryan Shazier’s health is being stabilized/monitored/cared for by Cincinnatians and a highly regarded Cincinnati hospital.

    —————

    If your two takeaways from this health update on a fellow human being are –

    – He should have been penalized
    – He’s getting good medical care BECAUSE he’s in Cincinnati

    – then you are one, sick person who takes football WAY too seriously.

  7. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:21 am
    The nfl needs to tightens up the lack of equality in the officiating.

    13 penalties – 167 yards for Cincinnati
    7 penalties – 66 yards for pittsburgh

    Last season… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helment.
    Yesterday… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helmet.

    In 20 years… when everyone is watching soccer… I will smile and remember the nfl poor officiating that demonized certain teams and allowed other more guilty teams to benefit.

    Anyway… right now… Ryan Shazier’s health is being stabilized/monitored/cared for by Cincinnatians and a highly regarded Cincinnati hospital.

    18

    This is hardly the time for your petty complaints to stain the concern for Shazier’s recovery. You shallow regard for other humans in need of help is a sad reflection on you as a person….grow up and I hope to join the human race someday.

  8. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:21 am
    The nfl needs to tightens up the lack of equality in the officiating.

    13 penalties – 167 yards for Cincinnati
    7 penalties – 66 yards for pittsburgh

    —————————–
    Wow! I see you can recite statistics. Impressive.

    Now, why not go ahead and explain which SPECIFIC penalties against the Bengals were incorrect and WHY, and what other penalties should have been called against the Steelers that were not.

    Also, were the 13 penalties against the Bungles the ONLY ones that should have been called? (I thought the refs actually missed a couple more.)

    Then when you’re done with all that, explain how those gaffes DIRECTLY affected the outcome of the game.

    Bottom Line: Don’t waste your time. There’s nothing to see here other than the Bungles “are who are who we thought they were.” (Thanks Denny.) They have perfected the art of pulling out losses from the jaws of victory.

  9. Players today have a lack of respect for each other and the symbols of the country that bind all together.

    Add this problem to list of failures on the watch of the professional politician’s son “Commissioner $40MIL/year”

  10. brendafortheboyz says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:26 am
    “has some movement in his lower extremities” does not sound very promising! No matter what team a player is on, does not matter in the scheme of life and quite frankly, neither does football! I hope this young man recovers, to live a full, long, & healthy life! Prayers go out to he & his family…..

    ___________

    While I agree with the last part of what you wrote. But how is at first not having any movement in his lower extremities to now having some movement is not very promising?

  11. Ravens fan hoping Shazier has a speedy recovery and is able to play Sunday. Love when both teams are at full strength and this young man is a great player. Speedy recovery.

  12. Best of luck to him. I love football but I’m glad we don’t see games like last night very often… Scoreboard wise it was entertaining, but that was one of the most purposefully violent games I’ve seen in a while.

  13. Wow. How are people letting Brown getting away with shouting “karma” during the locker room interviews about Burfict’s injury when his own teammate can’t move his legs. WTF is wrong with him? Your multi year teammate is in the hospital and might not walk again and your screaming ‘karma’ to reporters about a guy you see two times a year?

  14. I hope he learns to not lead with the crown of his helmet. It only takes a few pounds of force on your spine to cause a compression fracture.

  15. Amazing the intense over-reaction to this game. There were TWO dirty plays, JuJu’s hit on the criminal VB and a Bungle DB’s hit on AB. And only ONE guy got hurt on those two plays. All of the other stuff was good, old fashioned tackle football that I miss seeing.

  16. Lord, You are the great healer. Forgive those that focus on the small useless things that do not matter here on these pages.

    Please provide a peace to Mr. Shaizer’s family in this their time of need. Give them the assurance that he is in your care. Lord provide those doctors and nurses who are caring for him the skill and strength to see him back to health.

    Let us all begin a prayer vigil for Mr. Shaizer’s recovery. Let it start here and now.

    Let all who read this… post a small pray for recovery post…. PFR

  17. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:21 am
    The nfl needs to tightens up the lack of equality in the officiating.

    13 penalties – 167 yards for Cincinnati
    7 penalties – 66 yards for pittsburgh

    Last season… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helment.
    Yesterday… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helmet.

    In 20 years… when everyone is watching soccer… I will smile and remember the nfl poor officiating that demonized certain teams and allowed other more guilty teams to benefit.
    —-
    While I agree with you about the headshots and poor refereeing, it’s not the time or place for this discussion

  18. jxt2521 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Wow. How are people letting Brown getting away with shouting “karma” during the locker room interviews about Burfict’s injury when his own teammate can’t move his legs.
    ————————

    Because everyone knows that Brown is a piece of trash.

  19. Ravens fan wishing a young Steelers up & coming star a full recovery. Get well, sir so we can enjoy you playing in this rivalry over the next decade.

  20. Great to hear he has some movement at least. You could definitely tell it had something to do with his nerves or his spinal column. Encouraging, yet still frightening.

    Hoping for the best.

  21. How come the NFLPA always comes chiming in on Godell and the owners but when it’s own union members basically threaten the lively hoods of each other they do nothing about it?

  22. Pats fan here pulling to see #50 out there in black and yellow, if not two weeks from now, then in January. Gotta beat the best to be the best, here’s hoping both teams can put as many of their studs on the field as possible for what should be a great game (or games)!!!

  23. Wishing Shazier all the best. Any spinal chord injury with partial paralysis requires a lengthy rehab. The larger concern is always the psychological recovery. How will Shazier respond to putting his head down and tackling at full speed?

  24. mmack66 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 11:06 am
    jxt2521 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Wow. How are people letting Brown getting away with shouting “karma” during the locker room interviews about Burfict’s injury when his own teammate can’t move his legs.
    ————————

    Because everyone knows that Brown is a piece of trash.

    At times like these the cream usually rises to the top however there exceptions like this petty small minded troll.

    Get well Ryan and kudus to a few classy Pat’s fans….who would have guessed you could be the cream rising.

  25. I wish him a full recovery. Hope he gets better quickly.

    But, if suspensions and penalties are based on actions, and not outcomes, shouldn’t he be subject to a fine or suspension? If he had injured the other player instead of himself, everyone would be talking about what penalty he would get. Shouldn’t any discipline be based on the action and not the outcome?

  26. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:21 am
    The nfl needs to tightens up the lack of equality in the officiating.

    13 penalties – 167 yards for Cincinnati
    7 penalties – 66 yards for pittsburgh

    Last season… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helment.
    Yesterday… no flag when Shazier attacked with his helmet.“

    Hate to burst your bubble but hitting a guy with your helmet in the mid section isn’t a penalty. You might want to brush up on the rules before you comment on them.

  27. raylewisandhisteeth says:
    December 5, 2017 at 11:07 am
    He doesnt need prayers. He needs a good doctor and good rehab.

    4 2 Rate This

    I think #50 could use both — prayers for recovery and good doctors and good rehab are not mutually exclusive. May all three work together to help this young mean heal.

    Blessings to you and your family Mr. Shazier — we are praying for you to receive the best medical care and a full recovery.

    A Pats fan

  28. twinfan24 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

    But, if suspensions and penalties are based on actions, and not outcomes, shouldn’t he be subject to a fine or suspension? If he had injured the other player instead of himself, everyone would be talking about what penalty he would get. Shouldn’t any discipline be based on the action and not the outcome?
    ———————-

    It was a clean hit. For what action do you think he should be suspended?

  29. twinfan24 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 11:24 am
    I wish him a full recovery. Hope he gets better quickly.

    But, if suspensions and penalties are based on actions, and not outcomes, shouldn’t he be subject to a fine or suspension? If he had injured the other player instead of himself, everyone would be talking about what penalty he would get. Shouldn’t any discipline be based on the action and not the outcome?
    ——————————————-
    He hit him in the “strike zone” that the NFL prefers. Above the knees and shoulder or below. Yes, the NFL would love to have players stop leading with their heads but that doesn’t make the tackle any less legal. That was self inflicted damage. Penalizing or suspending him for that would be ridiculous.

    At any rate, best wishes on his continued improvement.

  30. tsuscrumhalf says:
    December 5, 2017 at 11:09 am
    Ravens fan wishing a young Steelers up & coming star a full recovery. Get well, sir so we can enjoy you playing in this rivalry over the next decade.
    ————
    You can always count on the rugby players to keep it classy. We know the difference between violent and dirty and we respect our opponents

    Oh and we also know how to wrap our arms when we tackle, which would prevent about 3/4 of this nonsense if NFL players could learn to do the same

  31. florio4prez says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Then when you’re done with all that, explain how those gaffes DIRECTLY affected the outcome of the game.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    This is not the story for this, but since you asked….Phantom holding on Gio Bernard negating an AJ Green touchdown, which resulted in the team settling for a field goal. There you go, 4 points added to the Bengals score and they win the game.

    Again, not the time or place for this and please forgive Dr. Rustbelt. He’s actually usually as anti-Bengal as any of you Steelers fans.

  32. What A-holes are thumbing down the well wishing comments? I can understand thumbing down the inconsiderate, out of place bickering as this is not the thread for it but come on now we’re talking about a young man potentially having his life altered by an injury and some people on here don’t agree with wishing him a speedy recovery? Get a damn life

  33. I don’t often share details on my personal life. Today, I’ll make an exception. I was 17-years-old in 1965 when I fractured my neck in a diving accident. I’ve been a quadriplegic and wheelchair user ever since that day.
    Football is my favorite sport, but ever since Darrel Stingley was hammered and left paralyzed, I cringe a bit when I see players lower their head and ‘put a hat’ on another player.
    For the life of me, I don’t know why coaches continue to teach this technique and players keep lowering their head and ramming other players. Think about this; your skull is on a swivel made up of delicate bones through which your spinal cord runs. A helmet and shoulder pads provide no protection to your neck. None. Players evidently feel a false sense of security with all the equipment they wear, but fail to fully realize the risk they take every time the lead with their head.
    I hope he makes a full recovery and resumes his career a better and wiser player. Spending 50+ years in a chair ain’t any fun.

  34. First, let me say that I hope that Ryan Shazier makes a full and speedy recovery and that is back in uniform for the hated Steelers when ready. Hate to see an injury like that happen to anyone, even a Steeler…

    More importantly why are none of the talking heads in the sports world talking about WHY Shazier is injured??????????????????? In this era of increased focus on player safety why are we not talking about how Sahzier injured HIMSELF with poor tackling technique. He literally speared Malone with his helmet in the back/side. Are we not taught in peewee/high school football that you never spear tackle? The risks of neck and back injuries are super high, as we witnessed last night.

    This is a coaching issue… without a doubt. Shazier has a history of leading with his head and spearing. Watch both his NFL and college tape and you see the pattern – high motor, instinctive linebacker who is fast, takes good angles, delivers hits, and LEADS WITH HIS HEAD!!! Why are Tomlin, Butler and whoever the Steelers LB coach is not working with this kid?? Why are they not refining his tackling technique? Why is the media not pointing this out over and over and over like the media normally does???

    If this doesn’t get fixed (all you need is a good HS coach), I worry about his future. I love big hits, but there’s a way to deliver them that won’t break the neck of the tackler…

  35. A man’s life and ell-being hangs in the balance here. For those of you tolling or posting anything other than condolences and well wishes….please stop and think. What if this was you son….your brother…or your father. Please show some respect for the young man and his family.

  36. And still, people will complain about the new player safety rules. They don’t understand that hits like this are just as dangerous to the person delivering the hit as they are to the person receiving the hit. Shazier’s career might be over, and it might not have been if he hadn’t been such a consistently dirty hitter. I hope he recovers, but this is a teachable moment.

  37. Hate to burst your bubble but hitting a guy with your helmet in the mid section isn’t a penalty. You might want to brush up on the rules before you comment on them.

    —-

    Hate to burst your bubble, but spearing is supposed to be a penalty, regardless of where you hit the person.

  38. redlikethepig says:
    December 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    They had better be careful with this and not rush him back.
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    Lets hope he can walk and live a healthy, normal life before we start talking about the Raven’s game.

  39. Spinal Contusions have a wide range of severity, ranging from playing in a couple of weeks all the way too permanent damage that limits mobility & feeling in extremities. Here’s a prayer that his injury is not too serious, regardless of his availability for any given game.

  40. I wish all these idiots would stop with the stupid “Karma” B.S.
    It’s become synonymous with “What comes around goes around.” Or “You get what you dererve.”

    Doesn’t anybody understand it’s a RELIGIOUS belief? As in “the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person’s deeds in the previous incarnation.”

    So… idiots… if you do something bad in a previous game or season… you don’t get “Karmic” results until you die and come back again. And if you were bad enough you could come back as an ant or a worm???

    Geez, so SICK of these moronic athletes quoting “Karma”.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!