Steelers GM Kevin Colbert released the following statement regarding LB Ryan Shazier’s condition late Monday night.
“Ryan’s injury will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve. He will stay overnight to continue evaluations with the hopes of returning to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
“We will provide further updates at the appropriate time.”
Ian Rapoport reports that Shazier has shown promising signs this morning and he has some movement in his lower extremities. Even so, the next 24-48 hours are considered key for him and increased improvement.
Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier was taken off of the field on a backboard during the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Bengals with a back injury.
Michele Steele reports that Shazier has left the stadium in an ambulance.
Shazier, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Steelers back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $9.5 million contract and set to make a base salary of $1,284,292 for the 2016 season when the Steelers picked up his fifth-year option this past May.
Shazier will earn an $8.718 million salary for the 2017 season, which is guaranteed for injury only.
In 2017, Shazier has appeared in 11 games and recorded 87 tackles, three interceptions, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and 10 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 inside linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Shazier’s injury as the news is available.