Ryan Shazier's Spinal Injury Is 'Severe,' NFL Players Union Doctor Says

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday night to address the spinal injury he suffered during the Steelers game on Monday night

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery after sustaining a severe back injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

A neurologist who consults with the NFLPA said Shazier may not play football again.

A joint statement from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center director of neurotrauma David Okonkwo and chief of neurosurgery for UC Health Joseph Cheng said Shazier has undergone a series of tests to evaluate his spine injury.

"We're all praying for him".

The Steelers say there will be an update on Shazier at some point today, but the fact they haven't mentioned whether or not he has feeling in his toes three days later is a scary sign.

Spinal stabilization surgery, according to the UPMC website, uses rods made of flexible materials to stabilize the affected area.

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After Thursday's practice, some Steelers were unaware of Shazier's surgery but are respecting the privacy process.

"Ryan is one of the biggest players on this defence", linebacker Vince Williams said.

"All I am is hopeful that he gets well", he said.

"I'm not anxious about him playing for us again, I'm more anxious about him", defensive coordinator Keith Butler told the paper.

The Steelers signed veteran inside linebacker Sean Spence, who played for Pittsburgh from 2014-15. I told him about the guys.

The Steelers have not released any information about whether Shazier has any movement in his legs, or whether he is expected to make a recovery. "We're just doing it for him right now". Your support is uplifting to me and my family.

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