Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier returned to practice on Friday after missing most of training camp, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Shazier had not practiced in two weeks due to a right hamstring injury. Though the 2016 Pro Bowl selection was limited, he was wearing pads, often a sign a player is progressing.
Entering his fourth NFL season, Shazier finished last season with 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 5 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles in 15 games, including playoffs.
What Ryan Shazier’s return means for the Steelers
Though Shazier shouldn’t need much work to get ready for the regular season, his return would seem to have him in line to see some action in the third preseason game, typically the final dress rehearsal.
That is, of course, provided Shazier doesn’t suffer setbacks. Hamstrings can be touch and go, and there’s a risk of re-injury when a player returns too quickly.
It seems the Steelers have been playing it safe with Shazier, and he would not be on the field if the club wasn’t confident in his recovery. For now, all signs point to Shazier being ready for Week 1 at the Cleveland Browns.