Report: Ryan Shazier Showing ‘Gradual Improvement’ Following Spinal Surgery

Not surprisingly, there haven’t been many updates on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier since he underwent a spinal stabilization surgery this past week. On Sunday morning, however, Adam Schefter of ESPN delivered a very small, yet positive, update on Shazier, who was injured during the first quarter of the Steelers Monday night road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Schefter’s sources, doctors are controlling and limiting Shazier’s movement right now as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside. He adds that Shazier continues to show gradual improvement from his back injury.

“Doctors will not be able to make a more exact determination of the extent of his injuries until after swelling dissipates, sources said, but there remains every expectation Shazier will be able to walk and lead a normal life,” Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote Sunday morning. “The surgery he underwent back in Pittsburgh was a procedure doctors initially thought might be required on Monday night, when he was rushed to the hospital from the stadium. He remains in good spirits.”

Being as these reports did not come directly from the Steelers or the people providing the immediate care to Shazier, I caution those of you reading it to read too much into them. Also, the fact that these Shazier report surfaced Sunday morning is also a little sickening and I think most of you understand where I’m going with that.

The Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field and I can only assume that Shazier will be able to watch that game from his hospital bed. Several Steelers players will be honoring their injured teammate with special painted cleats.

Shazier is expected to be placed on the Steelers Reserve/.Injured list next week.

  • MattHat121

    Why do you think it’s sickening that the report came out Sunday morning?

  • ThePointe

    The lack of information regarding this is really odd to me. On one hand they say they must wait for swelling to dissapate before giving a full diagnosis on the extent of his injuries, yet they somehow had enough info to perform surgery? Just odd.

  • Dennis Wright

    There’s two lines of thought here. You wait out of respect for Shazier and his family as to not have to speculate. They probably do not know the full scope of his recovery until the swelling goes down and he has time to make progress. I’m sure they would like to give him time to do so with some privacy. Now on the other hand the longer you wait to say anything or give definitive updates you risk the likes of Rappoport and Schefter and their “sources” providing speculative scenarios and fans running with those reports instead of waiting to see what happens once things settle down. I think what Dave was getting at is that the timing of the reports are exploitative and dumped today for click bait.

  • Seele VonDoogenstein

    It is sickening that people are leaking this info while he is trying to heal.

  • ThePointe

    Agree with you on both points about the click bait, and doctors probably could give a comprehensive report on Shazier’s injuries, but may be holding off at the families request.

  • Mutatedgenome

    Gradual improvement is what is expected following any surgery. No real info here.

  • pittsburghjoe

    You know what would be a great story? Steelers go to the Super Bowl and Shazier leads them out of the tunnel, even in Street clothes. Even if it’s just a slow walk!

  • pittsburghjoe

    Unless it’s a lobotomy

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Yes and shazier with the Steeler flag waving it

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    It actually gives a positive note for us fans and for the Steeler players

  • Matt Manzo

    I was wondering the same thing. Maybe cuz it’s on game day? Right before a big game? I’m not sure. Makes me feel stupid!

  • I must be stupid also. No idea what is the significance of the Sunday morning report.

  • PA2AK_

    That’s winning right there!

  • PA2AK_

    ‘Leaking’ a positive report probably doesn’t change where Shaziers heads at. He comes from a heck of a family and solid background. This probably isn’t on his radar right now. As for fans…this was the first thing I clicked on. I’m itching for every bit of positive news. Prob the same for his teammates. So I’m left struggling to understand why this isn’t just simply great news?!

  • Jaybird

    I don’t understand the significance of Sunday either? Positive news should be positive on any day of the week when it comes to Shaz showing improvement , right???

  • Lambert58

    x 1000

  • Lambert58

    LaCanfora is a spoiler machine, but he’s usually right.

  • pittfan

    I’m wondering the same thing. Dave can you elaborate for us lest WE speculate??

  • pittfan

    Here’s my “speculation. These NFL “insiders” have to provide seemingly “inside information” lest they lose their aura of knowing things nobody else knows.

  • Jaybird

    But why is it “sickening” to put out an update on Sunday? The Depot did an update on it as well ? Am I missing something?

  • pittfan

    Again, I’m speculating but, Sunday morning is when the majority of NFL fans are checking in for the latest news. Perfect time for the “Insiders” to strut their “insiderness” to the greatest audience.

  • Jaybird

    But gradual improvement doesn’t always happen. If it did then there would be a lot less paralyzed people in the world. It’s good news .

  • pittfan

    Better yet, Shaz is up on the poduim with his kids to accept the 7th Lombardi and having the confetti raining down!!

  • Jaybird

    But the Depot puts out more articles on Sunday than any other day as well. It’s Football day. That’s what the sports industry does. I don’t think negatively of the Depot for doing, quite the contrary, I appreciate it.

  • pittfan

    True, but it’s factual data or analysis. Not “insider, unnamed sources close to the investigation , blah, blah, blah BS”.
    If your whole scthick is being the Ian Rappaport Insider Report” and you got nothing come Sunday morning, what good are you?
    For me, I just don’t put a lot of stock into these “insider” reports.
    At the end of the day though, I’m admittedly speculating. Dave will have to answer for himself.

  • walter

    I was afraid to ask for fear of looking stupid

  • Gautam Ramani

    This is good news. Come on Ryan – we are pulling for you. Get well soon.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Praise God!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    So thankful he is improving. 5-0!

  • DirtDawg1964

    Not that odd. The need for surgery would be driven by the presence of a fracture or similar injury. The bruising and swelling are related, but separate. And until that subsides they won’t know the full extent of his injury and prognosis for recovery.

    But there’s lots of good news here. His spinal cord wasn’t severed. That gives him a real good shot a living a normal life. And he hasn’t been put on IR. And that suggests the Steelers think he may be able to get back on the field this year.

    All I hope for is for him to live a normal life. And I am guessing this news is pointing towards that.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    There won’t be a dry eye in steelersdepot universe.

  • Greg Payne

    I like this. If that could happen I’d test the absorbance of my terrible towel.

  • Michael Cunningham

    Praise God …

  • NinjaMountie

    I find these reports confusing. We were told that the vast majority of what he’d get back would happen in 24 to 72 hours. Is gradual good or is it bad he hasn’t had major progress?
    I don’t care about football or the IR. I just want to hear he’s going to walk again.

  • RGS71

    I certainly don’t find it any more disgusting than Michele Steele’s irresponsible tweet regarding her conversation with the wildly speculative Dr. Alessi.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Heard earlier this morning that it will be a shazier update later on today don’t know if it’s before it after the game though if I’m not mistaken it’s after

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    To be honest this is the only news i care about is shazier updates

  • Jones

    My assumption is that people are timing the release of articles about a man’s ability to walk again in order to get the most clicks/ ad revenue.

  • Jason Vancil

    If this team needed any extra motivation to win #7. Ben perhaps retiring, the passing of Dan Rooney, now Shaziers injury. It would be a beautiful gift for those reasons.

  • Randy

    Get well shaz. All my prayers for u

  • SteelerDieHard

    Dave, I don’t understand what you meant that “you know where i’m going with this” either … ?? What’s sickening about a Sunday morning report?