Steelers LB Ryan Shazier Now Back In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is now back in Pittsburgh.

According to a late Wednesday afternoon press release from the team, Shazier has now been transported back to Pittsburgh and will continue his recovery at UPMC. There was no update on his condition and the statement only says that he will continue to undergo tests and evaluations before his medical team provides any other updates.

Shazier, who suffered an injured spine during the first quarter of the Steelers Monday night road game against the Cincinnati Bengals, spent Monday and Tuesday night in a Cincinnati hospital where he was surrounded by several members of his family.

“Dr. David Okonkwo was traveling with us and has been with Ryan since the incident occurred,” head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his press conference when talking about the quality of care Shazier has received since suffering his injury.

Tomlin also opened his Tuesday press conference by thanking the people in Cincinnati, specifically, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center staff and personnel, the Cincinnati paramedics, and the Cincinnati police department for going above and beyond in terms of assisting Shazier and the Steelers organization in dealing with the circumstances.

“He is being given expert medical care. We are really pleased with the efforts of those people involved,” Tomlin said.

It is believed that Shazier suffered either a concussed or contused spinal cord when he attempted to tackle Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone early Monday night following a short completed pass. Shazier reached for his lower back after making the tackle and then slowly proceeded to rollover on to his back. He did not appear to be able to move his lower extremities prior to him being carted off the field while strapped to a flat board.

Tuesday night, Shazier made his first social media posts since suffering his injury and in it he thanked people for their prayers and support.



  • TroymanianDevil

    This is really good news!

    But everyone please continue to keep him in your prayers, he’s not out of the woods just yet

  • Doug Andrews

    Best news of the day. Prayer continue for Shaz

  • Timothy Rea

    They aren’t saying anything more about mobility yet. Very concerning. Just hoping he can live a normal life at this point.

  • steeltown

    I’ll take any positive news we can get…

  • Truth Dispensary

    Him still being in the hospital demonstrates that his injury is truly significant. There are varying degrees of a Spinal Contusion, and the care he is receiving is suggesting his injury is on the more serious side of the range. Prayers to him…

  • pittsburghjoe

    No update on mobility. The longer it goes, the more concerning no news becomes. This just means he is stable enough to transfer to another hospital. The fact that Dr. Okonkwo has not left his side is concerning as well. For this to occur, he would have to clear his neurosurgery schedule at UPMC, unless he had no cases for Tuesday or Wednesday. The good news is that Dr. Okonkwo is the Jerry Rice of neurosurgeons.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yup… this just means he is well enough to be transported to UPMC.

  • Rob H

    If his condition was as dire as you imply, they wouldn’t even think of allowing him to travel less than 48 hours later.
    You might want to tap the brakes on drawing those kind of conclusions, especially considering no one knows what his diagnosis even is yet, be it a contusion, concussion, or otherwise.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I’m surprised one of his teammates has not said anything about his mobility, or lack there of. I thought someone would have loose twitter lips by now. I have been checking the news feed like four times per day hoping to hear he is walking.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I pray he continues to gain strength and one day forget that day ever happened.

  • William Weaver

    Transported via wheelchair? Able to stand up without help and change seats? They wouldn’t transport him if he was still prone, right? Hoping like crazy to see him walking soon!!!

  • Scott

    Plus, he would already be placed in season ending IR if it was in fact diagnosed a Contusion. Even the lowest degree contusions require several months of recovery time.

  • Ray

    Yes its funny how everybody thowing around these because scenarios. I expect our doctor not leave his side why would he

  • AndreH

    All of Steeler Nation is praying for a full recovery.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Everyone should just relax. There will not be a final diagnosis until the swelling subsides. The fact there is swelling does not indicate one way or the other the severity of the injury.

  • ryan72384

    I just want to hear that he’s moving his legs and is having the doctors timing his 40 down the hallways at the hospital. The no updates on his condition is concerning. That image of Ryan grabbing his back and rigidly rolling himself onto his back and unable to move his legs was just disturbing and sad all at the same time. Man he was probably terrified. Come on Ryan just get better.

  • AndyR34

    Perhaps the only good news of the day

  • blackandgoldBullion

    It’s surprising to me that they have transported him to Pittsburgh already. I will take that as good news and hope to hear much better news soon. Still quite scary. Let’s hope for the best.

  • Joe6606

    I’m concerned about this too. We are approaching 48 hours and no update. You’d think if there were some good news it would be released or leaked

  • AndyR34

    You posters aren’t doctors and need to stop speculating. Go back and re-read Dr. Friedlander’s recent post and try reading it with some level of comprehension.

  • BigBodyBeer

    I’m surprised all these “loose lip” players and media analysts haven’t committed some kind of HIPAA violation.

  • Aaron H

    HIPAA only applies to health care providers that bill electronically. A football player can not violate HIPAA because it is not applicable to them.

  • Aaron H

    He could easily have been transported on a litter in an ambulance.

  • T3xassteelers

    I know this is literally last priority question.. but I know we’re all thinking it.. but does anyone think he’ll be back for the season?

  • hdogg48

    It looks like he will have no problem walking and living
    what most of us consider a normal healthy life…
    maybe even playing again.

    The question is will he want to?

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I would bet yes but just a gut feeling.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I think I saw something earlier today where Harbaugh said he opened the meeting today with a team prayer for Shazier. Have to love when your most hated rival shows class and things transcend football.

  • Mike367

    I have a bad feeling about this. If he was up and able to walk, they would have said so. Hopefully all he needs is time with an injury like this. Keep praying for the young man.

  • PaeperCup

    yeah, Ravens were one of the first on twitter to share their well wishes

  • Rich Stafford

    I am admittedly a glass half empty kind of guy. Having said that if it was good news they would have released it by now. I just hope he gets back a reasonable amount of his mobility and can live a normal life. I think football is a real long shot at this point.

  • Rich Stafford

    Eddie B. Reported that Tommy Maddox was up and walking the night of his injury. He said he was told the longer the swelling lasts the more likely there will be permanent nerve damage.

  • WilliamSekinger

    And do you know how long swelling “normally” lasts in cases like these? Really, it’s been less than 48 hours. Let’s just relax a bit and stop speculating.

  • pittsburghjoe

    How do you know none of the posters are not doctors? Would that not make you a speculator?

  • Rich Stafford

    I’m just passing along information the media has reported. I’m not speculating anything. People are concerned. He doesn’t need your protection.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I took a first aid class once, and received a C+ in 8th grade Health. Based on my expertise, I concur with Rich. =-).

  • gdeuce

    he was airlifted by helicopter

  • J C

    Ryan and family we “Steelers Nation” love you and will continue to pray for you and your Speedy and Full Recovery…We Love You Man and believe this “God’s Got You” So while we’re trying to figure it out he has already worked it out….You Are Going To Be Fine, I truly feel and believe that…Amen.

  • AndyR34

    No self-respecting doctor would spew some of the blather on here…except for maybe one that spent the night in a Holiday Inn Express. 😂

  • pittfan

    tHE Bungsters are wannabes.

  • AndyR34

    And I’m betting the Rooney’s bought the chopper

  • pittsburghjoe

    LOL =-)

  • sillyballs

    that’s not true. they don’t need the roster spot that badly. Putting him on IR if his condition is serious would not be appreciated by Shazier, his family or his teammates. It would say too much.

  • sillyballs

    you must do well in casinos.

  • jconeoone C

    I mean he was supposedly airlifted to Pittsburgh, is not like he got in car. Still hopefully he’s doing better and will make a recovery

  • Phil Brenneman II

    About 50/50

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I don’t know if it is because we hit such good highs in that rivalry when it was Lewis, Reed, Porter, Polamalu etc and it hasn’t quite been the same, but I don’t feel like I hate them as much as I used to either.

    Feels like the Bengals are taking that number 1 spot.

  • MrYuk

    I’m a former emergency room physician and have seen a few spinal injuries.

    In order of increasing severity, this is what to expect from a spinal injury:

    1) Recovery in a couple weeks
    2) Recovery in a couple months
    3) Recovery in a couple years (essentially relearning to walk)
    4) Life altering
    5) Life threatening

    His injury is most likely not life-threatening as you normally wouldn’t transport an unstable patient. If it is a spinal contusion and there is no other damage, the loss of feeling can be incredibly scary, but once the swelling subsides, feeling returns quickly (usually with a horrible case of pins and needles).

    In the end, I just hope to see Ryan recover fully.

  • heath miller

    here is the difference …. we HATE the ravens but have SOME respect for them …. we HATE the bengals and have ABSOLUTLEY POSITIVELY NO F ING RESPECT FOR THOSE SOBs… does that pretty well sum it up? the bengals are LOSERS ON THE FIELD.. the bengals are LOSERS IN LIFE… then bengals know they are S*&T so they just go out to hurt people .. dennard and AJ are great guys .. the rest are scum that i wouldnt tickle on if they were on fire like the red rifles head (yes i HATE THEM and grew up in that hell hole of a town still have to live there 4 months a year… as little as possible) HEEEEEEEEEEEEATH

  • heath miller

    yes he will be back pats game

  • Don’t poke the badger

    Still praying hard for your full recovery Ryan!! Keep the faith and God Bless!!

  • heath miller

    my friend is the doctor attending to ryan … and they knew he was ok when he woke up …. said WHERE AM I … they told him cincinnati … and he said GET ME THE F OUT OF HERE !!! they knew he was better !!! HEEEATH

  • PaeperCup

    Haha, tell us how you really feel.

  • PaeperCup

    Those were jst straight up great games. Sure we had some nastiness in it, thinking of how Suggs felt about the Steelers and such. But this Bengals matchup, it has so much less to do with the talent on the field than it did when those guys you mentioned played.

    Now it’s about wondering which team will come out with less injuries. Which side will have more penalties. That’s not fun football. I loved watching the Steelers win, but that’s not an enjoyable game to watch imo…..and yes because I have Steelers bias, I blame it on the Bengals, and their enabling coach.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Yeah that sums it up pretty well. It is/was 2 different kinds of hate.

    For the Ravens you hated them truly as a rival. You knew they were coming and there was never going to be a gimme game. The fans knew it and talked crap, we knew it and talked crap. And with that comes a gruding respect for the talent and even the fanbase to an extent for rooting for such a nasty, competitive team.

    With the Bengals it is just straight up hate. It makes it hard to even respect the guys like Greene and Atkins because they are associated with the dirty players and organization that seems to condone said behavior. Add into that the fact that we absolutely own them and you just pity the fans. Like man, sucks you guys have to watch your team become what it has and still root for them because it is in your blood.

  • Conserv_58

    Always have been. The bengals’ organizational culture is completely devoid of class and dignity. Head coach, Marvin Lewis was, is and will continue to be an enabler of classless and undignified behavior from his players.

  • Conserv_58

    Ryan’s future quality of life supersedes any thoughts of his returning to play this season.

  • Conserv_58

    Wrong. Contributor, MrYuk was an emergency room physician.

  • Conserv_58

    According to reports I’ve heard the attending doctor said the swelling in Ryan’s back had to go down before he could be transported. The key reason for doing so was because the cabin pressure in the plane would have had a negative cause and affect on the swelling by increasing it.

  • Conserv_58

    I would imagine that the Steelers placed a gag order on the players from reporting on Ryan’s condition.

  • Conserv_58

    Ryan’s being transported back to the Burgh is good news because according to the attending physician they couldn’t allow him to be transported until the swelling went down.

  • treeher

    Lewis is gone after this year, bank on it.

  • AndyR34

    Nice…his comment came 7 hours after mine…which was directed at prior posters. He basically re-iterated what Dr. Friedlander posted in her article. Five hours later, you come in to say I’m wrong. That is so your style.

  • pittfan

    That makes sense and if indeed the case, good news.

  • Bradys_Dad

    No updates from anyone as to whether he’s been up on his feet yet? You’d think that someone, anyone, would be sharing that news by now. Lord please rain down your blessings on this young man.

  • James Lee

    That is what I would like to know. Is the man on his feet? God bless you Ryan.

  • Dan

    Agree, just not sure what it is they wanna be. It doesn’t seem they wanna be winners. Seems more like they just wanna be thugs.

  • T3xassteelers

    Which is literally why I said it was a last priority question, meaning I know it’s not super important at this point in time – but I know, even you, everyone is wondering if he’ll be back for the season.

  • heath miller

    back in the bugh today …. back for the pats game on dec 17… hes right on schedule … can you imagine the emotional uplift… 90 minutes before the pats game … announce hayden … ACTIVE….. ryan… ACTIVE … and JU JU back …. come out of the tunnel .. hayden and ryan run on the field at home … to the tune of renegade to open the game not save it for the 3rd or 4th quarter … open up with the renegade .. fans on their feet … god i get emotional just thinking if that scene LETS GO STEELERSSSSSSSSSS …… HEEEEEEEATH