Just four minutes into Monday Night Football, Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a frightening injury.
Shazier was injured while making a tackle with his head down and immediately the linebacker reached for his lower back as his legs went limp. Shazier noticeably had no movement in his lower body and was placed on a stretcher and taken to the local hospital.
There were very few details immediately available regarding Shazier’s status, but early Tuesday morning details began surfacing.
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager and vice president Kevin Colbert released the following statement on Shazier’s injury:
“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.”
Here is the moment Shazier was injured:
The injury appears to be one similar to what former Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox suffered.
Hopefully Shazier will also make a full recovery.
We will continue to provide updates on Shazier’s status as they become available.