Steelers' Ryan Shazier Carted Off Field On Backboard After Scary Back Injury

Doug Mendoza
December 10, 2017

Football fans everywhere have been praying for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier ever since his horrifying back injury during their game against the Bengals on Monday Night Football on December 4.

The Steelers did not give updates on his status, aside from saying it was a back injury. "I can't imagine what they're going through".

"From my perspective, obviously it was a tough evening", he said. "People like him and care about him so you never want to see anything like that happen to anybody".

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac noted on Saturday it's uncommon for a Steelers player to be active for a game after missing the final two practices before kickoff, however he also added Brown's importance to the offense may make him "an exception to this rule". The linebacker was initially taken to the locker room for a back injury evaluation before being transported by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Shazier was put on a backboard and put on a cart, then he was taken off the field.

The ESPN broadcast on Monday Night Football noted that Shazier didn't move his legs after the hit.

What did the Steelers say?

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"Right now, we're just happy that he's getting the necessary medical attention that he deserves", Tomlin said.

"This is a tough game, tough business", Tomlin said. "5-0 is our brother".

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the team sent a private plane to pick up Shazier's parents to bring them to Cincinnati.

After news spread, social media, including football players and former Buckeyes, tweeted out in support of Shazier.

What does this mean for the Steelers?

Steelers were reportedly told that Shazier has a spinal contusion and that some swelling is involved.

With Shazier out of the lineup, Pittsburgh turned to Tyler Matakevich to step in to his place.

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