Report: Steelers LB Ryan Shazier Expects To Play Against Bills

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier failed to make his NFL debut Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants but it looks like the Ohio State product will be able to play this coming weekend when the team host the Buffalo Bills Saturday night at Heinz Field.

Shazier, who according to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times is wearing a “fancy band-aid” on his “little boo-boo”, told the media Monday afternoon that he expects to play Saturday night but doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return to practice this week.

Shazier hurt his knee late in practice a week ago Sunday and hasn’t practiced since. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin won’t elaborate on what exactly is ailing the team’s first-round draft pick as he continues to refer to the injury as a boo-boo.

With Shazier sidelined Saturday night, third-year linebacker Sean Spence started in his place and played well. It was Spence’s first game back since suffering a serious knee injury nearly two full years ago.

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  • SumnerYoung

    Shazier better suit up and play or the Rastafarian Run Stuffer (aka Sean Spence) will be starting in his place come Week 1. Timmons better watch out too. Spence is on a mission to land a starting ILB gig.

  • wdhammer

    Another bust.

  • SteelersDepot

    top notch analysis right here. very thorough.

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Spence certainly is exciting. He’s going to get snaps this year regardless. I feel much better having him as the primary back up rather than Garvin and Willams.

  • wdhammer

    can’t make the club in the tub.

  • zbluez1

    Your definition of bust needs to be revised, the rookie kid got hurt in practice he hasn’t even taken a snap yet, if everyone who has been hurt and not played a preseason game is a bust then over 85% of the NFL are busts at one time or another in their career including over 50% of the H.O.Famer’s, lol

  • SteelCitysFinest

    Don’t feed the troll.

  • whisn

    in the space of a couple of posts our so called ILB starting duo are done for, Timmons is going to be replaced and Shazier is a bust! lol

  • Jason White

    Shazier is making this club in his sleep. Bust he is not.

  • Addison

    It Spence explodes on the seen and Timmons contract expires 2017. Who’s the odd man out Spence, Shazier or Timmons? Can Shazier or Spence play the Mac role?

  • 20Stoney

    Yes. 1st rounders are often cut during their first season due to injury. I’m sure he has a lot to worry about

  • steeltown

    They are already playing the MAC role, Timmons has moved to BUCK this season, although the positions have become more interchangeable in the last few yrs.

  • SteelersDepot

    More people smoking crack these days than ever before.

  • Rob S.

    I think that the Steelers are going to get back to stepping away from aging veterans and not giving out a third contract. Timmons will be 31 in 2017 so expect some combination of Sazier, Spence and Williams.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I just hope our linebackers can prevent being sodomized on running plays like the 73 yarder on Saturday. Gonna have to put the “band-aid” in a different spot.

  • steeltown

    “boo boo” and now “fancy band-aid” …not very informative

  • Addison

    I knew I was going to mix the positions up. Thanks

  • SteelCitysFinest

    That’s how I like it.

  • wdhammer

    Haven’t seen him yet. I heard he looks great with the bandage on his knee standing on the sideline .Till he plays he’s a bust.

  • Jeff

    After seeing one preseason game in ’14 where he did some positive things, this is just pre-mature. Spence still hasn’t played in a regular season game yet! Plus, at this point, Vince Williams is still ahead of Spence. Spence won’t even have a chance to explode in 2014, unless of course there are injuries, and even at that there would have to be multiple injuries.

  • Jeff

    You want to get rid of our best linebacker on the team at age 31?? Why??

  • wdhammer

    who said cut ? this kid has to get on the field not hobble around with a band aide on his knee. if little injuries keep you out you’re a bust.

  • wdhammer

    2017!!!!!!!! you’re kidding me !!!

  • wdhammer

    stupid people thinking of 2017 .give me a break

  • 20Stoney

    I’m sorry. I thought when you said he “Can’t make the club in the tub”, you were saying he couldn’t make the team if he was injured.

  • whisn

    …first it’s Boo Boo from Yogi Bear, now it’s Fancy Fancy from Top Cat,…will the Hanna-Barbera references ever stop? ;-)

  • ApexSteel

    Or maybe (just go with me here) the team realized that it’s the preseason and knew it was smarter to keep him out rather than risk him aggravating it further. But that’s crazy talk.

  • Rob S.

    There are no guarantees that in 3 years he will be our best linebacker and there is a precedence for letting good linebackers walk in their early 30s or late 20s. Joey Porter was 29, Levon Kirkland was 31, Jason Gildan was 31, Greg Lloyd was 32. Harrison was the oldest at 34 and didn’t start playing regularly until 26. We’ve seen significant dropoffs from players in there mid 30’s in recent years. In fact, it has been a large point of discussion on this site. I see them getting back to allowing players to play through two contracts and letting them walk. Granted you need to have someone waiting in the wings and at least as of this moment and, given the original posters scenario, it looks like inside linebacker has that.

  • wdhammer

    That’s not Tomlins MO. iF he can play he’s out there . I do think Tomlin threw the rook a zinger to get in his game . See how it works ..

  • Alan Felicia

    Farrior was the oldest at 36 in his final year in 2011.

  • ApexSteel

    So you think Tomlin kept him out…to make him better.

  • Weiss Chad

    I remember when I had my first beer !!

  • Weiss Chad

    He is a bust til he plays? That would make every player in nfl a bust without even taking a snap yet.

  • Rob S.

    Yep, sorry about that. Though I think he was a little more out of necessity. Not too many people were super excited to have Larry Foote come in as the starting buck linebacker

  • Weiss Chad

    Oddly enough I think it depends on the teams success.I will say if they didn’t give out those contracts to aging players we probably wouldn’t have been strapped out on the salary cap due to aging players like we have been the last cpl of years.I like the strategy of not giving that third contract or atleast a long term third contract.Father time is undefeated.Kinda weird but I always think of Alan dances when someone talks about that third contract.I don’t know what it is or why but it’s always first player that comes to my mind.

  • Jeff

    I agree with what you’re saying to some extent, but all but one of the guys that you mentioned played OLB, and Kirkland was an outlier. He played at 275-300 lbs for most of his career, so it wasn’t all that surprising he didn’t make it too far past 30 in the NFL. Also, middle linebackers fly under the radar here in Pittsburgh. Farrior was always underrated and now same with Timmons. I think Timmons could play for a long time, and I don’t think we should let him loose just because he hits 31. He’s certainly got the speed and skill set, and if needed, he could drop some weight.

  • wdhammer

    Tomlin let him know that injuries are part of it, and you play thru them in this league without making them a major deal .

  • Terrence Phelps

    I’m assuming you never had a day off from work…

  • pat

    Then why didnt Troy play?

  • Louis Goetz

    Well, seeing as how the salary cap is supposed to increase between now and then, and since everyone is speculating based on nothing but pure conjecture here, I think the Steelers back the Brinks Truck up one more time for Timmons if he’s playing as well in 2017 as he is now, and we’ll all be happier for it.

  • Louis Goetz

    You’re criticizing someone for thinking about 2017 when you’ve calling Shazier a bust because he missed one preseason game and you think Tomlin sat him to send him a message?

  • Louis Goetz

    I gotta disagree with you a bit here. Shazier hasn’t played in a regular season game yet, either. So, why is he guaranteed to start the season over Spence? Also, Spence started Saturday night (and played well) while V. Williams came in after the starters sat down. If that changes, fine, but right now I gotta think Spence is, at the very least, the #3 ILB; if not #2.

  • wdhammer

    Work !!!!!!!!!! that’s fun . Work is standing in front of an open hearth furnace 10 hrs a day in a rolling steel mill .

  • Addison

    Should of said “IF” not IT. Iphone keyboard. Just don’t want to lose more young talent

  • Addison

    He signed a six year extension in 2011. How cares that’s not the point of my comment.

  • wdhammer

    How cares ,what’s that mean ?

  • Louis Goetz

    I’ll agree with just about everyone that the Steelers didn’t draft Shazier to be the back-up to Timmons, Spence or anyone else for that matter. And I understand that Shazier brings a level of speed that Timmons and Spence just can’t come close to. All of that said, if Spence’s level of play continues they’re going to have to figure something out because taking him off the field is going to be really hard to justify.

  • zbluez1

    After last night, do you still think he is a bust?