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Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier is leaning on his faith.

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier’s dad provides update on son’s status

Ryan Wooden

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier continues to battle a spinal cord injury that he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals and things have been pretty tight-lipped about his condition since he underwent spinal stabilization surgery earlier this month.

However, his father, Vernon, an NFL chaplain, provided an update on his status to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Though he didn’t say much about the specifics of Shazier’s recovery, he did mention that faith has been a source of strength during a process he’s compared to a Category 5 hurricane.

“We have seen some improvement that is encouraging,” Vernon said. “We’re taking it one day at a time. We do not know what tomorrow holds. It’s a [daily] journey we don’t know. But I know God is getting the message.”

Shazier was named to the Pro Bowl last week despite his injury. And though he won’t be able to participate in this game (and would have hoped to have to sit out to play in the Super Bowl, even if he could), it was one of two honors that he’d hope to receive at the season’s beginning along with a trip to the Super Bowl.

He won’t be able to play if the Steelers make the Super Bowl either, but he’d still love to make that trip as a spectator with his team.