Ryan Shazier still hospitalized, could return to Pittsburgh soon

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier isn’t out of the woods, but he’s at least closer to going back to Pittsburgh.

The Steelers released a joint statement from doctors in both cities, saying he’s continuing to be evaluated for the spine injury suffered last night.

He will have more tests and will be monitored by neurosurgery specialists, and could return to the hospital in Pittsburgh in 24 to 48 hours.

While that’s far from being well, the fact he’s being transported closer to home is certainly a sign of progress.

Shazier was stretchered off last night, and coach Mike Tomlin said today that the linebacker was in good spirits.

18 responses to “Ryan Shazier still hospitalized, could return to Pittsburgh soon

  1. If he plays in the next few weeks he replaces Ben Roethlisberger for the game’s biggest Drama Queen fraud.

  2. neck/back/spinal cord injuries recoveries have come a long way, and part of that is the speed at which proper treatment began.

    Let’s all hope (whether you like the Steelers or hate them) the proper treatment began immediately and permanent injury amounts to nothing or is minimal. we’re talking about another human being here.

  3. Last night was terrifying. As soon as I saw Shazier reach for his back and roll over without his legs moving all I could think about was that he was paralyzed. You immediately start thinking about how much bigger life is than football.

    I challenge everyone who says “thoughts and prayers” to make a difference by visiting christopherreeve dot org, or a charity of your preference, and donating a few bucks. The advancements in medicine could ensure that no one ever needs to permanently go through what Shazier almost did last night. Let’s donate here rather than to other baskets that just build larger buildings where we can offer prayers.

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    It seems unlikely that he will return any time soon. For linebackers life is just a series of high impact collisions.
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  5. I hope coaches across the country use this as an opportunity to teach kids how to tackle. They showed the clip of him knocking out a Bengals RB last year and he did the same thing but the back got the worst of it. Your eyes should not be on the ground. Our heads and spines are not made to be used as rams and bad things happen when they are.

    Hoping for a full recovery and more football to be played for Shazier.

    Teach kids how to tackle, there is a right and safer way.

  6. Scary injury and hope that he fully recovers.

    That being said, I can never understand how it is possible that so many college and pro players tackle by lowering their heads and spearing their opponents. Every year, from youth football through high school, I had to watch a ‘how to tackle’ video with my football team to make sure we all understood the basic “see what you’re hitting” rule for tackling. Are these guys trying to hurt people by lowering their heads or do some states not require youth football to watch those safety videos?

  7. Wishing him a speedy recovery from a Patriots fan.

    I was watching the game last night when it happened and I haven’t seen the replay again yet. However, not that it was anyone’s fault, but what I saw Shazier having to alter his trajectory at the last minute to avoid his own teammate. I think that changed the angle of his tackle with obviously a very bad result.

  8. He’s been leading with his helmet for a long time now, and he rarely gets called on it, even when he seriously injures others. The refs weren’t doing him any favors. It was just a matter of time til he got hurt.

  9. coachjl1978 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    Coached high school Linebackers for 10 years.

    Rule 1 – Sky the Eyes

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    yep. always see your target

  10. kleppnasty says:
    December 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Scary injury and hope that he fully recovers.

    That being said, I can never understand how it is possible that so many college and pro players tackle by lowering their heads and spearing their opponents. Every year, from youth football through high school, I had to watch a ‘how to tackle’ video with my football team to make sure we all understood the basic “see what you’re hitting” rule for tackling. Are these guys trying to hurt people by lowering their heads or do some states not require youth football to watch those safety videos?

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    well, they grew up watching it and wanted to be on highlight reels

    it is just sad this approach has not been shown more as what not to do

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