Steelers worried about Ryan Shazier, not his football future

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Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster said the team told players not to talk about Ryan Shazier‘s condition. The Steelers also don’t want to discuss the linebacker’s football future.

“I’m not worried about him playing for us again; I’m more worried about him,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Thursday, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Y’all have been updated as much as we have. The thing that we’re hopeful for and prayerful for is that he comes back, and he’ll be OK. The football stuff is secondary. His life is a lot more important to me than football.”

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery, the team announced. But the Steelers have not said whether Shazier has movement in his legs or whether they expect him to recover from his injury.

But Shazier’s return to the field is “the last thing I’m concerned about,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “After seeing him on the field like that [Monday], I want to see him just walk. That was scary to see him roll over like that on the field.”

34 responses to “Steelers worried about Ryan Shazier, not his football future

  1. That is the right approach. The silver lining is that there has never been a better time in human history to have an injury like this, and he is undoubtedly receiving top notch care. Hoping for the best.

  2. Couldn’t send more wishes your way if I tried Ryan… I may not be a praying man, but I’ve honestly thought about this injury every day since it happened. Never been so sick to my stomach over a player who isn’t even on my favorite team. I’ll be giving you a standing ovation the second I see you get back up and walk again.

  3. The saying no news is good news does not apply here. Fans all over the country are going crazy with how little information there is about Ryan’s condition.
    I hope in the end that no news is good news holds true!

  4. I would hope that this goes without saying. I am a Pats’ fan, and this is all I have been worried about since it was reported that he did, indeed, hurt his spine.

    Football is secondary to walking, and being able to play with your children as they grow…and it is not even close.

    Get well soon.

  5. Best wishes for Ryan Shazier’s recovery and positive thoughts for his loved ones and team mates as they deal with their own anxiety for him. As fans it’s all too easy to lose a sense of perspective of the players as people.

  6. Prayers & best wishes for Ryan & his family/team mates. I only care if this kid walks again. Football is meaningless, compared to that. On behalf of SteelersNation, thank you to all non-Steelers fans for your prayers & well-wishes. It’s much appreciated.

  7. Shazier’s condition has been foremost in my mind since the game. Just praying he can resume his normal life. As the Steelers said, football doesn’t matter now.

  8. This reminds me of the Kevin Everett injury a few years back. Everett’s condition was dire. He was motionless and doctors feared for his life. Fortunately he was properly immobilized and his core body temperature was lowered in the ambulance (a new treatment for spinal injuries) to reduce swelling in his spinal column. He had no movement for a few days until surgery to stabilize his neck. He eventually felt some pressure in his feet. After extensive rehab he walked onto the field for the Bills final game that season. He never played again but resumed a normal life. The Bills kept him on the roster for an entire year so he could receive a full pension (3 years service) from the NFL. I hope Shazier recovers fully and his story becomes positive.

  9. Man that clip of him rolling over. Nothing moving below the chest. That would prob be a high thoracic cut. He has full movement of arms tho so thats good. Rolling over was prob not a good idea tho. Prayers for him.

  10. Guys these days are so big, so fast, and so strong, coupled with rock-hard helmets that are launched like missiles… it’s a very scary game, and when things like this awful tragedy occur it underscores just how dangerous this game can be at times. Everyone is thinking of you, young man, hopeful you will overcome this horrible injury and regain your full mobility again. This Michigan alum is pulling for this former Buckeye to recover fully and quickly….

  11. We had a similar situation in GB. TE Jermichael Finley took a vicious hit and was taken off on the board. Similar issue… a spinal contusion. He regained full movement in his legs, but was just a few hours after the hit. Finley tried to come back but our team physician advised him to retire. And after trying out for a number of teams he realized it was truly over. He retired.
    This one with Shazier appears to be much worse. My heart is out to him and family. We can only hope for the best,.. but when they keep avoiding the question it’s not good.

  12. I’m a Bengals fan and cannot stand the Steelers but what kind of sick people are on here giving a “thumbs down” when someone is wishing this man a recovery? I know it’s a sick world we live in but sure would like to think people on this site would be better. Apparently not.

  13. I wish him a full recovery. Lost in this is using his head as a weapon could have landed the other player in the hospital instead of Ryan. Evidently he wasn’t worried about the other player being able to play with his children as much as we’re now worried about him.

    Spearing or crown of the helmet hits like this prove that a player has no concern for another player’s health until after the fact and then it’s too late. Spearing needs to be an ejection worthy act, every time. Maybe then they will get the message.

  14. eramming says:
    December 7, 2017 at 11:00 pm
    “Doctors” on the field worsened his condition

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    Not the time nor the place for this son. Football is a dangerous game is Shazier’s injury proves. Nobody did anything without his absolute best interests in mind.

  15. This is the risk EVERY player takes, could have been poor technique but this game moves at light speed. Players hope that technique they practiced,rep after rep kicks in. With that being said, I never like to see a player go down injured, especially a catastrophic injury such as this. Football is secondary now, this man’s quality of life hangs in the balance and is more important than a game. Not a Steelers fan but is there anywhere fans could send cards, well wishes or even help by donating time or cash to his favorite charity.

    We may be fans of different teams but its time to rally around this young man and other other players who are seriously injured.

    Ryan, – you may never read this or even see it. But know this, there are many pulling for you friends, strangers and yes your rivals. Good luck young man, here hoping for a speedy recovery! #SKOL brother.

  16. This is the risk EVERY player takes, could have been poor technique but this game moves at light speed. Players hope that technique they practiced,rep after rep kicks in. With that being said, I never like to see a player go down injured, especially a catastrophic injury such as this. Football is secondary now, this man’s quality of life hangs in the balance and is more important than a game. Not a Steelers fan but is there anywhere fans could send cards, well wishes or even help by donating time or cash to his favorite charity?

    We may be fans of different teams but its time to rally around this young man and other other players who are seriously injured.

    Ryan, – you may never read this or even see it. But know this, there are many pulling for you friends, strangers and yes your rivals. Good luck young man, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery! #SKOL brother – get well and up and at em soon!

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