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Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier suffered a serious back injury on Monday night.

Report: Steelers LB Ryan Shazier suffers spinal contusion; remains in Cincinnati trauma center

Ryan Wooden

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier reportedly suffered a spinal contusion Monday night, and remains hospitalized as the team waits to learn the full extent of the injury.

Shazier suffered the injury Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals while trying to make a routine tackle in the first quarter. He went to bring down Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone but went to the ground in a heap after the initial contact — Shazier hitting Malone with the top of his head.

The linebacker immediately rolled over and began motioning to his legs and it became clear on television that he had no feeling in his lower extremities.

He was carted off the field and into a waiting ambulance and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the area’s only Level I Trauma Center according to an on-air report from ESPN’s Michelle Steele.

After the game, Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Shazier suffered a spinal contusion and that “doctors will know more about Shazier’s injury once some of the injury’s swelling subsides.”

This after Kinkhabwala earlier reported that Steelers players were being told following the game that the news on Shazier was encouraging.

Traditionally in instances where a player loses feeling at any point, the team’s media relations department is quick to report any positive developments, so the absence of news after Shazier was transported to the hospital was met with justifiable concern.

Stay tuned to for further developments on Shazier’s condition.