The Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry is the furthest thing from John Harbaugh’s mind as he thinks about Ryan Shazier’s injury.
After Shazier was carted off of the field on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens sent out a tweet saying that their thoughts and prayers are with him. Harbaugh said on Wednesday that there was a team prayer for Shazier.
“We want all the best for his health,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “This is real life. That’s something that obviously bears remembering.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with @Steelers LB Ryan Shazier.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 5, 2017
The Ravens, Steelers rivalry has been one of the NFL’s best since the turn of the century. While most of the best games are high-scoring affairs, these two teams have played several classics that don’t need 3 passing touchdowns on each side to be entertaining.
The main reason for that is the physicality of the games. They are frequently the most physical games of an NFL season, and with the Ravens fighting for their playoff lives, Sunday shouldn’t be any different.
However, Harbaugh’s quote speaks volumes about how everyone should keep these games in perspective. It is going to look like the Ravens and Steelers are trying to kill each other on Sunday, but it’s simply professionals doing their job at a high level in a physical sport.
The key word is sport.