Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2017

Shazier, who suffered what so far has been described by the team only as "a spinal injury" in Monday's game against the Bengals in Cincinnati, is hospitalized at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

ESPN's Michele Steele also talked with a neurologist who has not treated Shazier, and his perspective was not optimistic.

"He will stay overnight to continue evaluations with the hopes of returning to Pittsburgh on Tuesday", the Steelers added. "We're not going to see him this season". The pain was also evident as the National Football League player was placed on a stretcher and escorted to the hospital. "This is a more severe injury (than a contusion.) This is a much more severe situation on our hands than we thought'".

Shazier injured his spinal cord after making a tackle against Bengals receiver Josh Malone Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

On Tuesday, the team said his condition was improving and he was not expected to need surgery.

The team released a brief statement on Thursday on behalf of team doctors and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Neurosurgeons announcing the surgery was to address his spinal injury.

"From what I am told by several sources informed of this situation, the recovery that would be associated with the spinal stabilization surgery would take months, three or four or maybe even five or six, just before Ryan Shazier even consider playing football again or his future", Rapoport said.

"Ryan is one of the biggest players on this defence", linebacker Vince Williams said.

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