Steelers’ statement suggests Ryan Shazier suffered very serious injury

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After Monday night’s game, the Steelers released a statement saying linebacker Ryan Shazierwill not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve.” Subsequent statements have indicated the situation is more serious than the initial statement indicated.

Today the Steelers announced that Shazier did have surgery, and there was nothing in the Steelers’ more recent statement about Shazier continuing to improve.

Dr. Anthony Alessi, who consults with the NFL Players Association, told Michele Steele‏ of ESPN that although he hasn’t examined Shazier, he does believe that Shazier’s spinal stabilization surgery is a procedure that indicates a very serious injury.

It’s not good,” Alessi said. “We’re not going to see him this season. He may not play football again.”

Although reports on Monday night indicated that Shazier suffered a spinal contusion, Alessi said the surgery means that’s not the case.

“This is a much more severe situation on our hands than we thought,” Alessi said.

The Steelers have not said whether Shazier has any movement in his legs, or whether they expect him to recover from his injury.

60 responses to “Steelers’ statement suggests Ryan Shazier suffered very serious injury

  1. I hate the Steelers, most of their players and many of their fans but I’ll gladly have my favorite teams all have horrible seasons for a few years for this man to walk away from this with no long term effects.

  2. I work at the hospital right next door to UC medical and saw his helicopter leave yesterday. I hope he makes a full recovery, terrible situation.

  3. Hoping for a full recovery, that’s just terrible luck for a great player not even reaching his prime yet.

  4. For him, forget football, I hope he can walk again. For the rest of the league, I agree with arzcardinals. They need to teach and reinforce the heads up football in college and the NFL. My Steelers have a lot of heads down highlight reel tacklers, and it is dangerous for everyone.

  5. When Pitt signed Spence I was pretty excited… now that the dust has settled on that signing it def shows that Ryan is at least done for the season and maybe more… crazy thought …

  6. Had he regained movement in his legs the NFL wouldn’t hesitate to report on it. The lack of information speaks volumes. I hope Shazier isn’t hobbled for the rest of his life.

  7. I hate the Steelers, most of their players and many of their fans but I’ll gladly have my favorite teams all have horrible seasons for a few years for this man to walk away from this with no long term effects.

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    Steeler fans don’t really care what you think because you don’t mean it…save your breath.

  8. Time to introduce the soft pads and leather helmets at the pee wee level so proper tackling can be taught and make its way back into the game once again …instead of using equipment as a weapon.

  9. What really offends me is its all very well saying a hit to the head in certain circumstances results in a penalty but it should be in ALL circumstances a hit to the head should be illegal and penalised. How does the circumstance alter the fact a blow to the head is very dangerous Come on Roger get with it!

    My very best wishes to Ryan Shazier. I hope as all football fans do you make a full recovery and can walk and live a normal life.

  10. As a Ravens fan, I pray he makes a fully recovery. If he plays football again that would be a bonus. Breaks my heart to see this happen.

  11. I would gladly see my favorite team–the Patriots–go 0-for-the-rest-of-my-life if Shazier could lead a normal life again. Sports are sports. Shazier is in the real world, and it sucks.

    And for all of you idiots who talk about the right way to make a tackle…what, you NEVER tackled with your head down? Not once? Bull.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    December 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    I hate the Steelers, most of their players and many of their fans but I’ll gladly have my favorite teams all have horrible seasons for a few years for this man to walk away from this with no long term effects.

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    Steeler fans don’t really care what you think because you don’t mean it…save your breath.
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    You are not the spokesperson for Steelers fans. You should turn in all your Steelers stuff cause you dont deserve it. Thanks for the thought jxt2521

  13. I’m a DieHard Ravens fan, and I respect the heck out of the Steelers organization, and I love the Steelers fans for their passion and their knowledge. I state this because we’re talking about a game here, and my eyes literally well up every time I read a story about Shazier. So important to remember to appreciate what you have, and give your loved ones a little bit tighter of a hug tonight. #Shalieve

  14. NFL MUST keep teaching HEADS UP football and double down on the program.
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    I preface the following remarks by saying I hope Ryan Shazier recovers fully.

    This isnt on the NFL. This is on its players to actually play football the right way. All these guys seem concerned with lately is putting on big hits, making highlights, and then dancing and celebrating after each play.

    You want to know when things will change? When players actually commit to practicing again. Training camps are glorified walk-throughs. Coaches and teams are basically banned from practicing in pads more than once per week. Practices are ridiculously short. Meanwhile, soft tissue, muscular, and head injuries are seemingly at an all-time high in professional football. This is not coincidence.

    The players are reaping what they sow, sorry to say.

  15. 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.

  16. Dynamic stabilization surgery starts much like a typical spine fusion surgery. Once any disc problems have been addressed, your surgeon places a dynamic stabilization device to limit motion at the affected disc level. One commonly implanted device is called Dynesys.

    Dynesys uses screws to anchor to the vertebrae at two adjacent spinal levels. The screws are connected with rope (to prevent excessive tension) and plastic tubes (to prevent excessive compression). Rehabilitation following Dynesys surgery varies depending on specifics of the surgical procedure and must be discussed with your doctor.
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    does not sound good. Best wishes to him.

  17. This injury happened a year to the day after I suffered a burst fracture in my L2 vertebrae and lacerated spinal cord in a car accident. They performed surgery right away. I couldn’t move my right leg. I feared I would never walk again. Even after surgery movement and feeling in my lower back, right leg, and upper portion of my left leg just wasn’t there.

    A year later and I walk more than I ever have in my life. My leg is back, though slightly less sensation than before. It’s amazing what doctors can do. I was celebrating this on Monday, only to see this injury happened, reminded of how terrifying it can be to suddenly see your life change in an instant. Hopefully Ryan can make a successful recovery and regain most or all of his sensation and mobility back. It’s entirely possible with medicine these days. Whether or not he plays football is insignificant. His life will be forever changed either way.

  18. How can someone actually downvote a comment like this??

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    iamkillerfin says:
    December 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    Prayers for a speedy recovery!!! GOD BLESS!!!

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  19. neilpountney says:

    December 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    What really offends me is its all very well saying a hit to the head in certain circumstances results in a penalty but it should be in ALL circumstances a hit to the head should be illegal and penalised. How does the circumstance alter the fact a blow to the head is very dangerous Come on Roger get with it!

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    m’kay – but what does that have to do with what we are talking about? no one hit Shazier, he lowered his head and used it as a missile when he tackled (as he often did) He caused his own injury, yes it’s terrible and I hope he makes a full recovery, but this had nothing to do with rules.

  20. It’s really simple NFL.

    The helmet should be for protection only. The head should never be a weapon or a target.

    A skilled player can make crushing highlight reel tackles without using their helmet as a battering ram. Ban all hits to the helmet or with the helmet.

  21. Read between the lines. If he had movement in his legs they would be letting everyone know to put their minds at ease. Not mentioning it is very telling, and likely means he doesn’t. Not good…

  22. Keep in mind they can’t ascertain feeling in the legs with confidence until swelling has decreased. That is a reasonable explanation why there has not been news about that. Time will tell.

  23. Prayers to Ryan Shazier….one of the NFL’s true rising stars. Unfortunately, he has since college had issues with leading with his head when tackling. It’s unfortunate that it came to this for him. My thoughts are with he and his family. Don’t worry about football bro….worry about recovering first!

  24. David Todd from the Terrible Podcast has been harping on Shazier’s tendency to lead with his helmet for years. He just couldn’t bring himself to break the habit.

  25. The way he was covering his face as he was being carted off spoke volumes. Steve Young said at halftime that he was trying to get up but couldn’t. I hope that he will walk again and live a normal life.

  26. This is just awful news. This is the point when you realize how fragile life really is, and that things like football, which many of us get so worked up about on Sunday’s, doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme. I’ll be praying for this young man.

  27. People downvoting are probably on phones where the thumbs up / thumbs down are waaaaau to close together.

    Should be a easy fix to spaced out the thumbs a little. The “report comment” button could be spaced out a little too. Would help a TON on mobile and is only a minor cosmetic change.

    What do you say Florio?

  28. People downvoting are probably on phones where the thumbs up / thumbs down are waaaaay too close together.

    Should be an easy fix to put a little more space between the thumbs. The “report comment” button could be spaced out a little further too. Would cut down on erroneous reported comments. These changes would help a TON on mobile and are only minor cosmetic changes.

    What do you say Florio?

    By the way, too many ads on mobile.

  29. I have no idea why he led with the crown of his helmet, it’s never good for anyone involved. That said as a Ravens fan, I wish he was playing this week. I hate to see this and I wish him a complication-free recovery for his life, on the field if he comes back and obviously off of it for the rest of his life.

  30. I think teams need to take a long, hard look at this–and I mean EVERY team from the NFL to high school and earlier. This is what happens when you lead with your head. It’s dangerous and can be life-altering. The players need to stop trying to make the highlights by making a big hit and learn to wrap up.

  31. Hope he makes a full recovery. This is why I don’t begrudge players for getting every nickel they can.

  32. Prayers to Ryan and his family. God is great. Thanks to fans of other teams for their kind sentiments, this is only a game and expressions of humanity are more important than football at this time.

  33. Prayers for Ryan. As a lifelong football fan you never want to see a promising & young career brought to a halt in this manner. Praying that he makes a full recovery!

    Cowboys Fan

  34. I have had the two fusions in my back. The stabilization is very similar to what Ryan is getting. Although it will take time, I really feel he willl be able to walk again. Once you get a spinal injury it takes time for swelling to go down, which starts to eliminate all the pain, especially the nerve pain. Tiger woods had a Fusion as well and look at how he’s doing.

  35. Prayers for Ryan Shazier. This is the kind of thing that should make everyone step back and say, it’s just a game and there are things way more important than football.

  36. This is really tough and unfortunately a potential part of the game. But in the end it is just a game. Let’s hope that Ryan can recover at least well enough to have a fulfilling life with his family.

  37. I’ll gladly have my favorite teams all have horrible seasons for a few years for this man to walk away from this with no long term effects.”

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    As a Buffalo fan I’m glad that we have at least been able to keep people healthy and well with our continued sacrifice. In all seriousness, this is much bigger than sports now. Prayers to the Shazier family.

  38. ahostiletakeover says:
    I have no idea why he l ed with the crown of his helmet,…

    If you ever played football you know how to prepare for impact. That doesn’t mean “lead with the crown” it means “prepare for impact”. The preparation part is where you: stop forward progress, grab ahold of, and take to the ground the opponent Alot can happen in that small time window, which is why people call it a “bang, bang” play.

    Best wishes go out to Ryan, friends, and family.

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