There’s been some more encouraging news regarding Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier on Tuesday morning.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Shazier has some movement in his lower extremities. Rapoport added that the next 24-to-48 hours are key for increased movement.
The report comes after the Steelers released a statement about Shazier’s health.
“Ryan Shazier suffered a back injury and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he had a CT scan and an MRI to evaluate the condition of his back. Ryan’s injury will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve. He will stay overnight to continue evaluations with the hopes of returning to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. We will provide further updates at the appropriate time.”
Both updates indicate that Shazier has some type of spinal-cord injury.
Shazier is being treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Pittsburgh’s starting inside linebacker injured his back in the first quarter of the team’s 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Shazier led with the crown of his helmet attempting to tackle Bengals receiver Josh Malone. He was carted off the field and left the stadium in an ambulance.