The Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on the team’s Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List on Monday.
This will be the second straight season Shazier will spend on the PUP list after suffering a spinal injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, 2017 and undergoing spinal stabilization surgery two days later.
Shazier has made it no secret that he wants to play again and continues to work on his rehabilitation on a regular basis.
“I definitely want to play,” said Shazier during a media tour during Super Bowl in January. “I try to tell people at the end of the day, just because I got hurt, doesn’t mean I lost the love of the game of football. I love football so much. I just care about the game. I really feel like the game has taken me places I never expected to go. I am putting everything into it. I feel like I was the best linebacker in the league. I don’t want to leave that as my legacy. I feel like I have so much to show.”
Shazier, the team’s first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has shared his progress via social media throughout the process and while he has gained inspiration from others, he has also provided inspiration to others.
“Every day I am constantly trying to get better,” said Shazier. “One milestone after the next. I try to make goals for myself constantly, so I always have something to reach for. I have been knocking them off one step at a time.
“I have been working my tail off. Every day I am grinding.”