Since Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field after hitting Cincinnati Bengals wideout Josh Malone, updates have mostly come from team officials.
That changed on Tuesday night. Shazier himself tweeted from the hospital. The message was simple, but it is one more positive step as he recovers.
“Thank you for the prayers,” Shazier wrote. “Your support is uplifting to me and my family. #SHALIEVE.”
The injury was terrifying. The hit itself wasn’t bad, compared to some in that game, but the way Shazier went down was telling. He couldn’t feel his legs. He held his hands over his face as he was carted off and teammates knew it was bigger than football. He had to be wondering if he could even walk.
Reports since then have been positive.
“Ryan’s injury will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve,” GM Kevin Colbert said, per Chris Adamski of Trib Live.
He’s by no means out of the woods and is still hospitalized, but the fact that he doesn’t need surgery likely means this isn’t quite as dire as it originally appeared. He’s been getting tests and some movement of his extremities has been reported.
“[Shazier] is our brother, and our thoughts and prayers go out to him,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Obviously, he’s receiving quality medical care. We’re just happy that he’s getting the necessary medical attention that he deserves. He’s got a lot of brothers [on the team] that are thoughtful of him and wanted to honor him with a performance.”
The Steelers came back from 10 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Bengals.