Steelers statement: Ryan Shazier “continues to improve,” will stay in hospital overnight

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Early indications about the status of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier appear to be positive following a scary injury Monday night in Cincinnati.

Shazier was taken to the hospital immediately following a hit on Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone. Shazier instantly grabbed for the middle of his back following the hit and was strapped to a backboard before leaving the stadium. Head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t have an update on Shazier’s status immediately following the game but Kevin Colbert, the team’s General Manager and Vice President, released a statement regarding Shazier’s condition late Monday night.

“Ryan Shazier suffered a back injury and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he had a CT scan and an MRI to evaluate the condition of his back.

“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.

“We will provide further updates at the appropriate time.”

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network had similar reports regarding the severity of Shazier’s injuries as well. The injury was referred to as a spinal cord concussion, or contusion, with swelling involved.

Former Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox had a similar injury in 2002 which forced him to miss just one game, leading to optimism within the team regarding Shazier’s status as well. With Shazier potentially able to return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, there appears to be many encouraging signs regarding Shazier’s health at this point. Hopefully that optimism remains tomorrow and Shazier continues to improve.

42 responses to “Steelers statement: Ryan Shazier “continues to improve,” will stay in hospital overnight

  1. Whew. I’m literally up at 2AM thinking about this guy. I’m not a fan of either team, but I am a human.

  2. It’s a lot different for a quarterback to return from something like that than a middle linebacker, who has to go back out and hit people. Glad to hear it wasn’t something more serious.

  3. As much as I despise the Steelers, you never want to see some get seriously injured.
    Hope he’s okay.

  4. Media continued to ask the same question every minute. Takes more than 2 hours to do a thorough check and they weren’t going to jump to conclusions.

  5. Thank God for this news. We need Shazier. And I would also just like to take this moment to congratulate JuJu on that huge hit he put on Burfict. We here at Steeler Nation congratulate him! And just for the record, Tom Brady would suck if it wasn’t for Bill Belichick. Can’t wait until week 17. I hope everyone is healthy on Pittsburgh so we can beat some Patriot a** and begin the decline of this fake cheating un-american dynasty. All Patriot fans are cheap losers who barely tip at restaurants and run their mouths at the bar but call the cops when you hit one of them.

  6. Great news to wake up to. Don’t want to speak too soon, but I really thought we all witnessed a young kid taking his last steps last night. Really happy to hear that major catastrophe may have been avoided, that looked awful. All the best to Shazier, hope he can resume his normal life at very least, and optimally, resume his promising young career.

  7. I get that this is a football blog, but please let’s not talk about his status for playing next week. Let’s just focus on him getting better, and praying that he can still walk.

  8. Hope that this turns out ok for him.. But when will players learn that leading with your head is potentially catastrophic for everyone? Obviously present NFL penalties are not severe enough for targeting… but players need to understand that they can kill or maim themselves!

  9. After seeing the injury happen; I never expected he would be heading home the next day. Wonderful news!

  10. Shazier is fortunate, injury could have been much worse. Just another example of why the NFL has outlawed use of the helmet crown in tackling to protect both the offensive and defensive player.

  11. Ok, now that Ryan’s injury doesn’t appear serious,mis it ok to lob some criticism his way? This happened because he absolutely led with his head. During the broadcast, there was a still photo shown of Shazier. knocking out a Bengals RB in a previous game, and he led with his head into the helmet of the Bengal. The type of severe injury Shazier just dodged a bullet with is one he may end up delivering to someone’s unless he stops Using his helmet as a weapon. Learn to tackle, Ryan.

  12. Ok, now that Ryan’s injury doesn’t appear serious, is it ok to lob some criticism his way? This happened because he absolutely led with his head. During the broadcast, there was a still photo shown of Shazier knocking out a Bengals RB in a previous game, and he led with his head into the helmet of the Bengal. The type of severe injury Shazier just dodged a bullet with is one he may end up delivering to someone else unless he stops using his helmet as a weapon. Learn to tackle, Ryan.

  13. Even though this guy is a former Fugeye, and I’m a Michigan alum and big Pats fan I do wish him well. He’s a hell of a player, and deserves to be back on the field as soon as possible. Heal quickly, young man….

  14. Glad to hear it. Thought he may never walk again. Excellent news to see that he’ll likely be OK!

    Signed,
    A Bills fan

  15. wolverineinnc says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:47 am
    Even though this guy is a former Fugeye, and I’m a Michigan alum and big Pats fan I do wish him well. He’s a hell of a player, and deserves to be back on the field as soon as possible. Heal quickly, young man….

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    I don’t get why people say stuff like that. He’s pretty mediocre. He’s fast and athletic, but that’s it. He’s like a Safety, but tries to play in that old school Pitt thumping style, which just doesn’t work.

    I look at someone like Kyle Van Noy who is all over the place, making plays, playing in a very complex and demanding D, and I just laugh when people overrate the trendier teams players. Van Noy has been a better player, but no one says anything, because it’s not popular to compliment anything Patriots, which I guess works in the Pats favor when they’re constantly disrespected every year.

    Bud Dupree…Again. The guy is a 1st rd pick and he just never really does anything. For every Ryan Shazier or Bud Dupree, we have a Van Noy or Eric Lee off of Buffalo’s PS that look better, yet no one says a word. But, this ROI in draft capital will show up on the field on 12.17. Oh yes it will.

    Brady will break that D down and you’ll see what I mean. Andy Dalton is Andy Dalton. They have limtied weapons in Cincy, so they’re easy to defend.

    John Gruden gushing about Pitt in live tv is seriously disturbing. I hope Gruden is watching on 12.17 at 4:25 PM.

    Pitt is barely beating bad teams.

  16. jmull23 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 5:54 am
    It really sounds a lot like the spinal injury Mike Tyson had several years ago
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    Having cracked a couple of transverse processes myself, it sure looked like that’s what it was to me live during the play. It’s what Tyson had also. Just glad it wasn’t more serious.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 9:24 am
    wolverineinnc says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:47 am
    Even though this guy is a former Fugeye, and I’m a Michigan alum and big Pats fan I do wish him well. He’s a hell of a player, and deserves to be back on the field as soon as possible. Heal quickly, young man….

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    I don’t get why people say stuff like that. He’s pretty mediocre. He’s fast and athletic, but that’s it. He’s like a Safety, but tries to play in that old school Pitt thumping style, which just doesn’t work.

    I look at someone like Kyle Van Noy who is all over the place, making plays, playing in a very complex and demanding D, and I just laugh when people overrate the trendier teams players. Van Noy has been a better player, but no one says anything, because it’s not popular to compliment anything Patriots, which I guess works in the Pats favor when they’re constantly disrespected every year.

    Bud Dupree…Again. The guy is a 1st rd pick and he just never really does anything. For every Ryan Shazier or Bud Dupree, we have a Van Noy or Eric Lee off of Buffalo’s PS that look better, yet no one says a word. But, this ROI in draft capital will show up on the field on 12.17. Oh yes it will.

    Brady will break that D down and you’ll see what I mean. Andy Dalton is Andy Dalton. They have limtied weapons in Cincy, so they’re easy to defend.

    John Gruden gushing about Pitt in live tv is seriously disturbing. I hope Gruden is watching on 12.17 at 4:25 PM.

    Pitt is barely beating bad teams.
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    Steelers play down to their competition. It’s been a trend for 3-4 years now. Not even a fan, just watch a ton of their games and have seen it.

    Don’t get how you figure NE will beat them like you claim, though. If Shazier is out, it will leave a major hole in coverage, and they played a ton of zone last night after Shazier went out — which is what gets them in trouble vs. NE — but outside of that, this isn’t the same team on the back end. And then there’s Watt that they have to contend with now.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 9:28 am
    Van Noy was a nobody before. It’s the system that makes these guys who do nothing before and after leaving NE, look good.

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    Ok? So, you’re saying Tomlin blows as a coach? I agree. Standing on the sideline looking like some faux tough mugging for the camera, is not impressive to me.

    I mean, at some point you people need to acknowledge that BB finds talent that no one else wants, because quite frankly, BB runs such a deep, complex D with versatility and IQ needed, teams don’t bother investing in that kind of player because it’s too much work.

    So, Tomline just coasts by putting the same outdated kind of 70s or 90s Steelers mold into the system and it doesn’t combat what the Pats do on offense. Never has.

    Truth.

    Why don’t teams copy NE to try to compete with them better?

    I know exactly what Pitt will do on offense and defense, so does BB, and it’s game over.

    And, your team can’t play man coverage. Sensabaugh looked like a child out there last night. If Dalton and Cincy had more weapons and were a better team, that’s easily 30 points dropped on that feeble Pitt D, and a blow out.

  19. Steelers play down to their competition. It’s been a trend for 3-4 years now. Not even a fan, just watch a ton of their games and have seen it.

    Don’t get how you figure NE will beat them like you claim, though. If Shazier is out, it will leave a major hole in coverage, and they played a ton of zone last night after Shazier went out — which is what gets them in trouble vs. NE — but outside of that, this isn’t the same team on the back end. And then there’s Watt that they have to contend with now.

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    No offense, but Shazier is fast and athletic, but isn’t very smart as a player. I think that cerebral element is where Pitt doesn’t get it. They don’t invest in it. And, JJ Watt has done jack squat against the Pats in the past, so i am sure BB can lure TJ as well, and use that up the field sack obsession against him like he does JJ Watt every time.

    I have no idea why any Steelers fan would be confident, when you’re barely beating bad or mediocre teams.

    I am just not impressed. I see the exact same Steelers team as I have for years and years, except Ben is even slower than he has been, in those cement shoes of his.

  20. Very glad he continues to improve. It still amazes me that even at the NFL level players continue to lead with the crown of their helmet when delivering a hit. I’m surprised there aren’t more injuries like this. ‘See what you hit’ is taught by football coaches at the lowest levels of minor football right through high school. I hope Shazier himself learns from this and has his head at the right angle in the future.

  21. I hate to see anybody get hurt. Even someone as cheap as Shazier. Hopefully this scare will make him more sympathetic to all of the concussion victims he creates every year with his helmet to helmet hits.

  22. Sharier got what he deserved. He is notorious for spearing players with the crown of his helmet. I’m just surprised it took this long. I for one am sick of the steelers dirty play. No other team in the history of the nfl has had more rule changes as a direct result of there dirty play. Most of them against the bengals. Espn covered a few of them last night. Tomlian is a dirty coach with dirty players.

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