Injured Steelers LB Ryan Shazier starts physical rehabilitation
Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) is carted off the field after an apparent injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has started “physical rehabilitation as part of his recovery process,” according to a release from UPMC on Thursday.
An update on @steelers Ryan Shazier. Further updates will be provided by UPMC. https://t.co/DMAfvWJKpG pic.twitter.com/1M4oleJ2mL
— UPMC (@UPMCnews) December 14, 2017
Last week, Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery performed by UPMC neurosurgeons and Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Josheph Maroon. He remains hospitalized while he continues to recover, according to Thursday’s statement.
On Sunday, ESPN reported that Shazier was showing gradual improvement and that doctors were “controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside.”
The Steelers placed Shazier on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Shazier has been hospitalized since suffering a spinal injury in the Steelers’ Week 13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He stayed at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Monday and Tuesday before being transferred to UPMC.