Shazier leaves game with knee injury, won’t return

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has left Monday night’s game with the Redskins due to a knee injury.

The Steelers first announced that Shazier was questionable to return, then later in the fourth quarter announced that he’s out for the game.

A healthy Shazier is a key to the Steelers defense showing improvement in 2016 — and to the team’s success as a whole.

After breaking up what would have been a touchdown pass in the first quarter, Shazier intercepted Kirk Cousins in the third quarter Monday night.

Shazier missed seven games as a rookie due to injury and missed four last season.