Ryan Shazier confirms he is not walking on his own

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Two conflicting reports were published on Sunday about the status of Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a serious spinal injury in December, and Shazier has weighed in to explain that he has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

The first report, from Adam Schefter of ESPN, said that Shazier “is engaging in a regular walking routine.” As PFT noted in passing along that report, it appeared as though Shazier needed assistance in any walking he was doing, as a picture on social media showed him needing a leg brace and the help of Ben Roethlisberger to stand.

The second report, from Michele Tafoya of NBC, said that “Shazier needs support from a walker or other people to support him in his rehabilitation walking, which remains a struggle.” Tafoya said Shazier can’t walk on his own.

On Twitter, Shazier linked to Tafoya’s report and referred to it as 100 percent correct.

We continue to wish Shazier well as he continues the hard work it will take to walk again.

37 responses to “Ryan Shazier confirms he is not walking on his own

  1. Everyone wants to see this guy get his life back together. But I think his football days are over.

  2. Damn shame his playing days are over but I think it’s nothing short of a miracle he’s walking at all. Hope he considers becoming a coach.

  3. Long road ahead. I’m glad to hear that the Steelers org will be with him on the journey. That’s a classy franchise

  4. I second “OBP” above; I too hope the Steelers or another team bring him on as a coach.

    Best of luck on your rehab from a Patriots fan who realizes there are more important things in life than winning/losing Super Bowls.

  5. Doesn’t sound like he will be jogging anytime soon, let alone training camp. Between this unfortunate event + his $8mill salary hit next yr, Ryan & the Steelers have some difficult decisions to make.

  6. “Doesn’t sound like he will be jogging anytime soon, let alone training camp. Between this unfortunate event + his $8mill salary hit next yr, Ryan & the Steelers have some difficult decisions to make.”

    His career is over but his 5th yr option of 8.7million is guaranteed for injury. He will collect his 8mill+ and then retire or be released after that.

  7. Cabo Wabo says: His career is over but his 5th yr option of 8.7million is guaranteed for injury. He will collect his 8mill+ and then retire or be released after that.
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    Does anyone know how the cap is affected if he is paid & then retires? Perhaps pro-rated over coming yrs?

  8. He has come a long way and nothing but the best wishes for him. To bad all these out spoken players don’t take a step back and see this possible for all them instead of worrying if they will go see the President or not. Hang in there Ryan.

  9. Man, I cringed every time he lead with his head making hits; he did it over and over, risking this every single time. It finally got him. Kids have take a lesson here, never lead with the head. I hope like hell he recovers and lives happily. Football is secondary.

  10. If you saw the picture of him and Big Ben, then you know his football days are over. he lost all muscle and mass. he looked like he was about 150lbs

    redlikethepig says:
    February 6, 2018 at 9:08 am
    Everyone wants to see this guy get his life back together. But I think his football days are over.

  11. This is the reason why the NFL should be sued for $$$$ – Because they FAIL to enforce the rules of Helmet to Helmet illegal hits.

    In the AFCCG LB Thomas launched himself like a missile with intention to use his Helmet as a weapon to knock out the Patriots top Weapon – and succeeded.

    Thomas should of been ejected from the game.

    SB52 Eagles Jenkins did the exact same thing on little man Cooks. Replay CLEARLY shows Jenkins using his helmet to target Cooks head and completely knocks Cooks out of the Game.

    Jenkins should of been ejected from the Game.

    Until the NFL enforces a strict, no H2H assault, it will continue to show itself as FRAUDULENT INTENTIONAL Fake News whenever they talk about reducing concussions in the NFL.

  12. I don’t know what the prognosis is for Ryan Shazier but, man, that would scare me to be without the use of my legs not knowing if I’d ever be able to use them again. It seems like doctors and researchers continue to make progress in this area and we can only hope they find a way for folks like him to regain the use of their limbs.

  13. Not sure how Schefter could have gotten this one wrong since the photo Shazier tweeted of himself and Roethlisberger made clear he could not stand on his own. Ryan’s attitude throughout his ordeal has been an inspiration to everyone following his story. He’s made tremendous progress, but does have a long road ahead. Football, salary cap, and other sports-related issues are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is whether this young man will be able to fully recover and resume normal daily activities. Continued prayers on his behalf.

  14. Did no one read the article is this just typical Schefter/ ESPN knee-jerk bashing for no reason? Schefter did NOT say in the article that he was walking on his own or without assistance. The article says he was “engaging in a regular walking routine”.

  15. I’m no Schefter fanboy, but “regular walking routine” does not mean “walking unassisted”. Anyone that walks on their own isn’t going to call it a walking routine. It’s just walking. “Regular walking routine” means physical rehab.

  16. I have been concerned as to how little information has been shared regarding Shazier’s condition. He obviously did some severe damage to himself and he will be quite fortunate to make enough of a recovery to lead a “normal” life with his family and children.

    This Pats’ fan wishes him nothing but the best.

  17. Obviously tough to compare individual injuries, but the accountant at my last job was married to a guy who I saw walking with a cane, for a couple of years. Apparently, he had suffered a bruised spinal cord, I’d imagine in some kind of accident or fall. He was gimped up but was able to get himself around, and I guess he was supposed to recover fully or close to it, but it a years long process.

  18. As a New York-area sports fan, it’s easy to compare this to Dennis Byrd’s injury in 1992. He came back to walk after a broken neck from colliding with a teammate left him paralyzed. (Bigger shame Dennis died too soon in 2016 at age 50.) But it can be done, and it certainly appears Ryan has the support system he will need.

  19. I’ll pray for your recovery and hopefully very soon we’ll be reading about your miraculous recovery. Until then I know you’ll be a wonderful example and inspiration to all men and women, young or old who are also suffering as you are. Know kind sir that you’ll help those who are ready to give up. Don’t let them and don’t you either. God speed.

  20. “Exactly why I don’t watch ESPN. Why is it so paramount to report the story first when the story is inaccurate?”
    ________________

    It wasn’t inaccurate. Both of the supposedly “conflicting” reports were completely accurate. It’s just that some people have reading comprehension problems and equated “engaging in regular walking routine” with walking on his own, unassisted.

  21. Someone asked about the cap implication, so here is the answer. The Steelers exercised Shazier’s 5th year option of $8.7 Million which is 100% guaranteed for injury. He will be paid in full whether he retires or not. The $8.7 million will count against Pittsburgh’s cap in 2018 and cannot be restructured so its a cap hit they will absorb.

    I am a huge Ravens fan and wish Shazier a speedy recovery and hope he regains full use of his legs. He is a tremendous competitor and a good man.

  22. solo681 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 10:55 am
    This is the reason why the NFL should be sued for $$$$ – Because they FAIL to enforce the rules of Helmet to Helmet illegal hits.

    In the AFCCG LB Thomas launched himself like a missile with intention to use his Helmet as a weapon to knock out the Patriots top Weapon – and succeeded.

    Thomas should of been ejected from the game.

    SB52 Eagles Jenkins did the exact same thing on little man Cooks. Replay CLEARLY shows Jenkins using his helmet to target Cooks head and completely knocks Cooks out of the Game.

    Jenkins should of been ejected from the Game.

    Until the NFL enforces a strict, no H2H assault, it will continue to show itself as FRAUDULENT INTENTIONAL Fake News whenever they talk about reducing concussions in the NFL.

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    The hit on Cooks was totally legal. After he caught the pass, he made several moves and wasn’t looking on the last one when he got nailed. But because he was a runner it was a legal hit. He had ample opportunity to protect himself but didn’t. If you watch the replay, the initial hit was shoulder to shoulder and then his head. I think the intent was to deliver the blow he did, but I don’t think there was an intention to injury on the play.

  23. solo681 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

    This is the reason why the NFL should be sued for $$$$ – Because they FAIL to enforce the rules of Helmet to Helmet illegal hits.
    ———————

    The league doesn’t care. By rule, if you are a runner, it is legal for someone to headhunt you. It doesn’t make any sense.

  24. The comments by coachjl1978 and bengalguy71 perfectly illustrate the difference between the Ravens and the Bengals. The Ravens are tough but respected rivals. And the Bengals are what they are.

  25. I feel bad for Ryan and don’t wish that on anyone (even though I don’t like the Steelers). But guys like Shazier have been guilty of frequent use of their helmets (i.e. their heads) as a weapon to inflict injury on others. You are asking for trouble with that type of play. He almost knocked the head off of Gio Bernard in playoff game last year. NFL has to really outlaw these types of plays with severe punishment. Poster above noted hits to head on guys like Gronk and Cooks. Once a hit to the helmet knocks out a player, at a minimum the party who delivered the blow should be thrown out (with future penalties considered).

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