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Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier was seen wheeling himself around the team facility on Saturday.

Ryan Shazier visits Steelers practice facility in wheelchair

Ryan Wooden

News on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been hard to come by since he suffered a spinal cord injury on Dec. 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but Shazier was at the team facility after practice on Saturday.

Shazier was seen wheeling himself past the media room after the conclusion of Saturday’s preparations for a Christmas Day clash with the Houston Texans, according to a report from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. And while no update has been provided on his short or long-term prognosis, it was the first time he’s been seen publicly in a wheelchair.

On Sunday, Shazier was present as the Steelers hosted the New England Patriots at Heinz Field and the fans were absolutely elated to see him on the jumbotron. However, Shazier was seated and a barrier obscured the view of his lower body.

Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery in the days after the injury when he was transported back to Pittsburgh following two days at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. After the announcement of the surgery, however, the Steelers public relations department and the Shazier camp has been quiet other than to offer extremely general optimism on his recovery.

His father also declined to offer any details recently other than to say that he was encouraged and that his son had been relying heavily on faith throughout this process.