Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will continue to rehab his spinal injury in an outpatient therapy program at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center. UPMC announced the news Thursday, noting Shazier was discharged from the main hospital and into the UPMC Centers for Rehab, and is showing “gradual improvement” after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday, according to Adam Schefter from ESPN.
Per Schefter, “doctors are controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside.”Shazier’s football career is in doubt, and Schefter noted “the focus right now is not on his playing career but on trying to facilitate his recovery. “He added that Shazier’s season “is over” and that the Steelers said they are “concerned solely about his short- and long-term health.” Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney and teammates have visited Shazier in the hospital, and 15 players wore cleats in honor of their fellow teammate. Shazier, 25, suffered the injury during the Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Bengals Monday night. He was in sight of another amazing season, ranking a team-leading 89 tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles to go along with a fumble recovery. “Everybody knows how much this game means to Ryan,” Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams said, from the network press. “I can’t really say we are going to play for him, but there’s definitely a little added incentive because we understand that you can’t take this for granted. It’s a blessing to be able to play this game. And it’s a very violent game; at any moment, you could suffer an injury. “So you can’t take any game for granted; you can’t take any play for granted. You’ve just got to play as hard as you can while you have the ability to be able to.” Coming from shazier, his motivation will continue to have us hoping that he will play another down of Football.