Ryan Shazier visits Steelers practice in a wheelchair
Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier attends practice Wednesday in a wheelchair.
PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier attended Steelers practice in a wheelchair on Wednesday, according to his Instagram.
Shazier has visited his teammates since beginning his rehabilitation from spinal stabilization surgery following a Dec. 4 injury against the Cincinnati Bengals that left him unable to move his legs.
He was seen in the lobby of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Dec. 23 in a wheelchair before Pittsburgh’s final meetings ahead of their Week 16 game against the Houston Texnas. Shazier has also been shown on the video board at Heinz Field, watching from a suite during Steelers home games.
WPXI reported last week that Shazier’s father said his son has some feeling in his legs.
Shazier’s personal message Wednesday was one of progress:
I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is going to 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 a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. Ive 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. #Shalieve#Steelers#prayfor50
The Steelers host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 1:05 p.m. AFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday.
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