Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is back in Pittsburgh now after spending two days at University of Cincinnati Medical Center following a scary back injury suffered on Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, the neurosurgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Steelers team doctors Dr. David Okonkwo and Dr. Joseph Maroon performed a spinal stabilization surgery on the Pro Bowl linebacker. The team announced it in a statement published to Twitter by public relations director Burt Lauten.
That’s not particularly great news given that the initial prognosis was that Shazier wouldn’t require surgery. However, the team of doctors surrounding Shazier are among the best in the country and he’s receiving world-class treatment.
At the moment, a recovery timetable for Shazier’s return to the football field hasn’t been discussed, as everybody is focused on Shazier’s personal health. It’s still unclear the exact extent of his injuries and how they’ll impact both his ability to play or any functions within his personal life.
Shazier was injured in the first quarter on Monday Night Football while attempting to tackle Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone on the third play of the game. He lost feeling in his lower extremities and had to be carted off the field and rushed to UCMC by ambulance.