Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round of the 2014 draft out of Ohio State, Ryan Shazier was finally able to make his first appearance back at practice Wednesday after suffering a spinal injury on December 4th. Shazier posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a wheel chair at the Steelers indoor practice facility and of course he was wearing his Steelers gear.
Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery December 7, 2017. The surgery took place at the University of Pittsburgh medical center hospital, and there was a report that stated he had gained feeling in his legs again since the injury he sustained. Shazier got injured against the Cincinnati Bengals in a Monday night football game at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to pay tribute to Shazier by wearing #50 customized shirts and cleats. However, Shazier was able to watch the Steelers play the Patriots in week 15 from a suite at Heinz Field. The Steelers’ captain and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger clearly had Shazier on his mind when talking to the media Wednesday morning. When he was asked about his possible retirement he referenced Shazier’s injury.
“You have to treat every game like it’s your last because you never know when it is. We saw an example earlier this season with Shazier”, Roethlisberger said. “You never know when it could be your last. I’m hoping it’s not his last, but you have to go out there and play every play and enjoy every play and every game like it could be your last.”
Also, on his Instagram he wrote “I wanna thank the lord for the first downs he has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is gonna come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel part of it means the world. So I’m working harder then I ever have to get back. I’ve been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress. Taking it day-by-day, but I’m far from done. The Lord has not finished his work yet. I want to say thank you to the fans and Steelers Nation for the prayers. If it wasn’t for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn’t be were I am now. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health.”