Ryan Shazier Playing In 16th Consecutive Regular Season Game Today

As of this writing, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier actually ranks in the top five of the league in total tackles with 45 through five games. This is the first time in his career, as far as I’m aware, that he has been ranked this far into a season—because he hasn’t been healthy at this point before.

In fact, the run of health that he is currently on his unprecedented in his career, as today will be his 16th consecutive game played in the regular season dating back to last year, and his 15th consecutive start. If you through in the postseason numbers, that is 19 straight games played, and 18 straight starts.

16 games, by the way, just so happens to be the length of a season, so it’s a notable mile marker.

Considering that things got off on the wrong foot with Shazier missing most of training camp and the preseason due to injuries, that should not be discounted. As I have previously written this season, Shazier has never made it this far into a season remaining healthy.

This is the longest run of health that the former first-round pick has been on to date, previously playing in 13 straight regular season games between the end of the 2015 season and the start of the 2016 season. But since returning to the starting lineup full-time after the bye week last year, he has hardly come off the field.

If I’m not mistaken, I think that he may have missed just one snap so far all season, that coming toward the end of the Ravens game, on which Tyler Matakevich came in for him on one play. Other than that, he has been an ironman of sorts, as Chris Adamski points out, which is frankly something that many have doubted would ever be said of him.

Equally important of course is what he has been doing with the snaps that he has gotten, and though he is still awaiting his first sack of the season, which will inevitably come—Vince Williams has two in the meantime—the 2016 Pro Bowler is averaging nine tackles per game. He has two forced fumbles, one recovery, two interceptions, and six passes defensed on the year to date.

Through five games, he is already more than halfway there to surpassing his previous career-best tackle total of 87, which he has recorded in each of the past two seasons. While he had “only” eight on Sunday, he has recorded 10 or more tackles twice already.

His play today will be critical in containing the Chiefs’ suddenly explosive offense, who now have weapons all over the field that can do damage in a hurry with Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and Travis Kelce. It will be up to him to try to limit that damage.

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  • Jaybird

    You just jinxed Shazier. If he gets hurt today I’m renaming you “Mush” Marczi- like the the guy in Bronx Tale. Lol

  • SnoopDogg123

    It’s offiicially jinxed!

  • nutty32

    Earning a company gold watch and rocking chair is not what it used to be.

  • mokhkw

    Had to lol at the headline.

    You know your best player has injury issues when……there’s a article about him playing 16 reg. season games in a row for the 1st time!

    (Had to play a few playoff games and then have a break for a few months to do it though but hey)

    Here’s hoping he can stay healthy + improve his tackling and reads.

  • melblount

    I wonder if DuPree has that same silly look on his face while he’s running around after each tackle by his teammates, looking to get himself in the camera frame as though he was involved in the action. I’ll be watching for that today.

    BTW, will Shazier get a “Participation Trophy” for this (sic) accomplishment?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    This is a jinx article; sometimes ignorance is bliss. Now I’m scairt.

  • PA2AK_

    Buds face in the photo is the same reaction I had! Didn’t think we’d ever see the day! Seriously though glad to see it for him and the team. Hopefully he can find a reversal of fortune in that department

  • J C

    Jaybird, as soon as I read the headline I said, Aww here it comes, trying to put the old jinx on my boy. I agree with the renaming of Marczi ” Mush”, too if he gets hurt during this game and future games…So “Marczi”you should pray to the ” Jinx removing gods” and hope they hear you and ” Shake” doesn’t get hurt, or everytime you post an article we at ” Steelers Nation” are going to remind you that you are the reason “Shake got injured”…so getta’ praying bro. and pray hard, loud and often….lmao 🙂

  • Jaybird

    Lol

  • This is his best ‘NON-INJURY’ streak in a long time. Hope it lasts.

  • treeher

    He was Ironman in college. Never missed a game.

  • Lambert58

    +1

  • Taylor Williams

    You jinxed him!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan Alderman

    Bad juju type article, agreed.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Quiet day for him. Hardly heard his name all day, which is a little strange.