Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remains at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as he recovers from spinal stabilization surgery, but the latest news Sunday is relatively positive.
ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Shazier is showing signs of “gradual improvement” as his team prepares to square off with the Baltimore Ravens with a chance to seal up the AFC North with a victory.
The Steelers and Shazier’s camp remains tight-lipped about his condition in general since he unexpectedly underwent surgery on Thursday, so it’s hard to gauge exactly what “gradual improvement” actually means.
At the moment, all we know is that Shazier’s season is over and that he’s got a long recovery road ahead of him. Whether he plays football again is rather inconsequential given that he’s still got swelling around his spine. His overall health is first priority.
In the meantime, his teammates appear to be rallying around his loss. His partner at inside linebacker, Vince Williams, has been wearing his jersey all week at practice to give the defense some semblance of familiarity now that he is calling the defensive signals.
Also, a number of players will be wearing Shazier-inspired cleats against the Ravens on Sunday night.