The Steelers placed Ryan Shazier on the reserve/injured list on Tuesday morning, a result of the spinal injury he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4.
Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6 in Pittsburgh, a surgery performed by UPMC neurosurgeons and Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon.
“Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.”
Steelers’ players have been showing their love and support for Shazier in many ways, from having his jersey with them on the field for the win over the Ravens on Sunday night, to wearing custom cleats and #50 t-shirts before the game.
After the Steelers defeated the Ravens, a game that clinched the AFC North, the players had Shazier on FaceTime to share the locker room celebration with them.
“I’m glad we could get the win for Shay,” said Ben Roethlisberger after the game. “It was really tough. I went and saw Shay (last) Thursday after practice. Guys are starting to go visit him. When you walk in and see him and give him a hug, it makes you breathe a little easier. We love our brother and we are glad we got this win for him.”