Steelers move Ryan Shazier to PUP list

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It was made clear some time ago that linebacker Ryan Shazier would not play during the 2018 season as he continues to recover from last year’s spinal injury, but he remained on the team’s roster until Wednesday.

That’s when the Steelers announced that they have moved Shazier to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Shazier’s salary of $8.5 million for 2018 is guaranteed.

The move comes less than a week after Shazier walked on the stage in Dallas with the help of his fiancee to announce Pittsburgh’s first-round pick.

“That’s a huge lift, for not only him, but for us,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “To see where he’s come from to where he is and knowing where he might be able to go, it’s beyond inspirational. It’s just exciting. It’s really exciting for him.”

The Steelers took safety Terrell Edmunds with that pick and are expected to use him in a variety of roles that could include some of what Shazier did on defense when he was healthy.

9 responses to “Steelers move Ryan Shazier to PUP list

  1. Not sure why there are those who think he is going to play again. That isn’t happening.

  2. Regardless of whether or not he will ever play again, I hope and pray that he will be a little bit of light for someone struggling with adversity in their lives, that there is hope for their situation.

  3. If he plays again, greatest comeback story in the history of sports. Good luck to him in the hopes he can get back to walking and light jogging.

  4. Don’t know if it will be the greatest comeback story in the history of sports, but it would be one of the year, and perhaps the decade. There are quite a few examples of people having horrible injuries, being told they will never play again, and they do. It has already happened with the Steelers — Rocky Blier was shot in the leg and also had shrapnel and lost part of one foot in a grenade blast in Vietnam. He was told he could never play football again, but he came back, played in 4 Pittsburgh Superbowl victories, even had a 1000 yard rushing season in 1976.

  5. I have been pulling for him. Watching him walk across that stage was incredible. BUT, walking across that stage also made it clear he is never playing football again. He may never so much as jog again. But I wish him well and look forward to how he makes this into a positive. Not trying to be a jerk, just realistic

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