Steelers announce Ryan Shazier had spinal surgery

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has undergone surgery as he continues treatment for a serious spinal cord injury suffered on Monday night.

The Steelers announced today that Shazier had the surgery last night.

“[University of Pittsburgh Medical Center] neurosurgeons and Pittsburgh Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon performed spinal stabilization surgery on Ryan Shazier to address his spinal injury,” the Steelers’ statement said.

Shazier was taken off the field on a stretcher and brought to a Cincinnati hospital. He was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital before last night’s surgery.

The Steelers have not released any information about whether Shazier has any movement in his legs, or whether he is expected to make a recovery.

52 responses to “Steelers announce Ryan Shazier had spinal surgery

  1. Surgery on an NFL player to stabilize his spine? Hope he fully recovers but sounds like his NFL career may indeed be over.

  2. Really unfortunate.

    His career is likely over.

    Hope for a speedy recovery so he can live a good life with his family.

  3. Man this is tragic this dude is a monster and fly’s around like a bat out of hell its to bad that this happened and I hope he makes a full recovery and has a quality life Raider Nation out

  4. I join all in wishing him the ability to enjoy life. Raider fans share with all our concern and proayers

  5. So we have one guy struggling to maintain a functional spine after being injured while playing football and another guy getting fined for a nasty hit just after a play was completed that could have injured another player (but apparently didn’t).

    For anyone who plays football or is thinking about playing football or may play football in the future, surprise! the game is dangerous. News flash: you could get hurt even if you play within the rules.

    Expecting players’ bodies not to suffer some type of dysfunction now or later in life is ludicrous. The whole CTE thing with the NFL stinks, but to go and pretend this thing with Gronk or anyone else is a new issue has never watched football or has another agenda. Just go and ask Darryl Stingley or Dennis Byrd.

    Mr. White is being completely naive about what happened and needs a little update of what can happen while playing football.

  6. FatBaba says:
    December 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    Wow,

    End of a career. This is too bad.
    I blame the coach who teaches his players to lead with the crown of their helmet.

    ————–

    or you could just…not always have to blame someone for bad things

  7. My wife had spinal stabilization surgery at the H4S Surgery. They put titanium from the bottom up to the top. Looks like a cage on an X-ray. This type of surgery is to make sure any kind of fall, hit, accident, isn’t life threatening.

    There is no way he can play again.

    This does not mean he won’t be able to walk, run etc. It means he has to lead a more careful life. Could be pain free (not for my wife).

    It’s really hard living with someone who wants to do so many things but can’t or shouldn’t.
    Extremely unfair. My wife was hit by a drunk driver.

    I know people will say Shazier knew the risks. Still, the odds are very slim. Like the odds of being killed as a police officer (my family was beyond against it). I knew the risks but the odds were slim. Unfortunately not for three of my friends.

  8. I think it’s too early to say anything about whether he will play again. Let the man heal and do his thing. Football is secondary.

  9. “Nfl will use this as an excuse to ban even more hitting.”

    An excuse? How about a reason? Do you really see possible paralysis as an “excuse” for concern about player safety? If the NFL is going to survive, they are going to have to police vicious hits.

  10. Best of luck to Ryan and his family. Spinal surgery is ROUGH (obviously). Very delicate too. it could mean multiple follow up surgeries with each one having several months of recovery.

  11. Very Sad. Prayers to this guy. I hope he recovers and best as possible.

    I really hope the NFL does away with helmets. It could solve a lot. You never want anything like this to happen

  12. losingisnotanoption says:
    December 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    So we have one guy struggling to maintain a functional spine after being injured while playing football and another guy getting fined for a nasty hit just after a play was completed that could have injured another player (but apparently didn’t).

    For anyone who plays football or is thinking about playing football or may play football in the future, surprise! the game is dangerous. News flash: you could get hurt even if you play within the rules.

    Expecting players’ bodies not to suffer some type of dysfunction now or later in life is ludicrous. The whole CTE thing with the NFL stinks, but to go and pretend this thing with Gronk or anyone else is a new issue has never watched football or has another agenda. Just go and ask Darryl Stingley or Dennis Byrd.

    Mr. White is being completely naive about what happened and needs a little update of what can happen while playing football.
    ————-

    Only now do you say this, and only because one of YOUR players got hit with a (paltry and embarrassing) one-game suspension.

  13. ————–
    td30 says:
    or you could just…not always have to blame someone for bad things

    ———————
    Yes, lets pretend that not pointing out the obvious truth someone makes it untruthful. Look at all the plays in that game that were helmet leading blows.
    You think that is a coincidence?

  14. Here’s hoping the best for Ryan.

    I’d like to see a “no launch” rule…leaving both your feet more than a yard from a player you are making contact with in the head, shoulders, back or knee area.

  15. I wish Shazier all the best in his recovery and pray that he will have a good outcome. My son is a C-6 incomplete quadriplegic from a car accident and I know how difficult this is for not only the patient, but his family.

  16. you would think that if they had any info about movement, they would have included it in this information release, but then, saying this is still speculative.

    It’s just sad.

    Best wishes to Ryan and his family.

  17. All this outpouring of grief for Shazier rings hollow to me somehow.

    Nobody likes to see anyone get hurt; but I do remember seeing Shazier celebrating after he sent Gio Bernard into concussionland with that head-shot in the infamous wild-card game.

    We all hope Shazier recovers fully; but I really hope this situation makes Steelers management and coaches coach their guys to not tackle with their heads.

    Steelers players and their opponents will be a lot healthier as a result.

  18. How many NFL players have had some sort of serious on the field spinal injuries?? Utely (DET OL), Dennis Byrd, and now Shaz? Short list. I know there seems to be one a year in CFB. Just curious.

  19. Hope he gets better and can walk into later life the way any of us deserve.

    Now, I’m off to the White/Gronkowski thread so I can read how folks want to end Gronkowski’s career with a shot to his knee.

  20. Prayers to Ryan and his family. Right now, football should be an after thought for him. Focus on recovering and staying strong bro!

  21. It’s terrible news, but it won’t stop Mike Mitchell from complaining about how he isn’t allowed to drill guys in the head next game.

  22. My prayers for Ryan Shazier

    Football is a violent sport and this can happen to many more players in tbe future. God is the only one that can heal Shazier.

    Please continue praying for Shazier. His family needs him to be healthy again.

  23. I dont expect him ever to play again although that would be great it he could.My hope for him is a normal life where he can walk and run and play with his kids much like Adam Telefare the player from Penn State who we thought was going to suffer paralysis but although never getting to play again can walk and leads a life of a healthy person….thats what I want for Ryan

  24. Prayers for Ryan to recover and lead a healthy and pain free life. Tired of reading comments from people who likely have never played this game past pop warner, saying he should have done this and shouldn’t have done that, or better yet trying to blame someone for the end result of the play,it isn’t relevant and certainly shows nothing but ignorance on your part. These guys choose to play a violent game that comes with risks and they know it. We choose to compare guys who get injured to players who have long, injury free careers, while the numbers show that a lot more players do not leave this game of their own free will. As a Steelers fan, I appreciate what Shazier brought to the field, but as human being I really hope he is able to live the same way that we get to.

  25. Good luck with every procedure. Hopefully you can fight through this, come out the other side of it able to walk around and hold your kids. Who cares about playing football.

    As a Pats fan, this pisses me off more about what Gronk did. Could have broken White’s neck, you idiot. Ben is right, JuJu did not deserve the same punishment. That was a solid block before the whistle, not a dirty hit job after the whistle.

  26. Don’t worry about the guy playing again. Worry about him walking again. Very serious injury with a surgery to stabilize his spine. He won’t play again. We can all hope he is able bodied after recovery. It is going to be hard on the young man no matter the prognosis.

  27. One of the ugly reasons these guys earn their pay. They may be millionaires playing a game but they put themselves in harms way every time the whistle blows. Only the best thoughts for this young man.

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