The Steelers linebacker on Wednesday shared a photo on Instagram of himself in a wheelchair at the team’s facility as he provided the latest update in his recovery journey.
Shazier thanked those who have helped him throughout his spinal rehabilitation and revealed that he has resumed taking part in team activities after an extended absence as he works day-by-day to get better.
I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve, Shazier wrote. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. I’ve been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress.
Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals and has been recovering from a spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6.
Despite Shazier’s struggles, his father, Vernon, said his son is improving and has regained feeling in his legs.
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I’ve fought my hardest to be a leader and a force on the field for Pittsburgh, bleeding black and gold on the front lines, he wrote on his Instagram account that day. Pittsburgh has embraced me 鈥?and I have embraced it back. It truly is a place like no other.
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There’s no telling, but Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote this after the 45-42 setback: With Shazier in the lineup, the Steelers allowed two 100-yard rushers through 12 games. They’ve allowed three in the five games since. With Shazier in the lineup, they allowed 17.75 points per game. Without him, they’ve allowed 28 points per game.
In the wee morning hours of the NFL conference title games, a competition Ryan Shazier’s Pittsburgh Steelers came a win short of qualifying for, the linebacker sent out a 2 a.m. ET tweet with words of inspiration.
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