Steelers Place ILB Ryan Shazier On Reserve/Injured List

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed inside linebacker Ryan Shazier on their Reserve/Injured list Tuesday morning as he continues to recovery from his spine stabilization surgery that he underwent last week.

“Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II in a team statement. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.”

Shazier, who suffered an injury to his spine during the first quarter of the Steelers week 14 Monday game against the Cincinnati Bengals, is still reportedly recovering from his surgery at UPMC.

With Shazier being placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list Tuesday morning that should open up a roster spot for wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is scheduled to be reinstated from the Reserve/Suspended this week after being suspended for the team’s week 14 game for his illegal hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Prior to him suffering his injury, Shazier recorded 89 total tackles, 11 defensed passes, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Following the Steelers Sunday night win over the Baltimore Ravens the team connected with Shazier via a video chat and presented the game ball to him.

  • Doug Andrews

    This season’s dedicated to Ryan. Get well Ryan we need you on the sidelines for the playoffs and the SB!

  • Sorry to see Shazier’s season end this way but welcome back JJSS!

  • Conserv_58

    As you already said, Dave this is not unexpected news. I care more about Ryan’s quality of life right now more than his not being able to play. After all we’re talking about a man’s life vs playing a game.

  • pcantidote

    Just walk out of the hospital Ryan. That is all we care about.

  • gdeuce

    Season is dedicated to Shazier and Dan Rooney

  • T R

    for sure.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    We got you, Ryan! Shalieve!!!

  • DirtDawg1964

    Expected, but I still held out hope he wouldn’t be placed on IR. Not for football reasons, but because it would be a signal he was on his way back to a normal life.

    Ryan, we don’t care if you ever get back on the field. It’s all about the man right now. Not the player. Get well soon.

  • John Noh

    How amazing would it be to see him standing on the sidelines cheering his team during the playoffs?

  • NinjaMountie

    Get well! Prayers!

  • FATCAT716

    Can’t forget Mr. Rooney

  • FATCAT716

    Walking around with his shirt off

  • NW86

    Nobody is talking about it, but isn’t Gilbert’s suspension up this week too? So there should also be another roster move today? Matakevich or McDonald to IR? Release a CB? Feiler? McCullers?

  • Surrealist

    this is his last suspended game, he will be back for the texans.

  • Mike C.

    Would love to see #50 walking up and accepting Lombardi #7 in February!

  • Surrealist

    so do they not make a move and leave the roster spot open for gilbert next week?

  • JT

    And a moment of silence for Eli Rogers’ football career.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Even though it was foregone conclusion, was kind of sad to see the Steelers update alert on my phone reporting the news. Was also a little weird that it had a grammatical error in it.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I have always been an optimist, and will continue to do so. However if we are to believe most of the reports then Ryan will probably never play football again. If we assume this is so, then the Steelers have a lot to play for this season. More than usual. If they can win it all, Ryan Shazier will be a Super Bowl Winner. The last chance for Ryan to win a Lombardi, so go get ’em, boys!

  • Ray

    Would love to see him holding the Lombardi on the podium on February 4th

  • Zack

    there is no open spot because JuJu comes off suspension. When you’re suspended, you don’t count toward the 53.

  • SteelersDepot

    He’s missed three of four. Bridge will be crossed next week and the Steelers might ask for and receive a roster exemption for a few days next week.

  • Matt Manzo

    Sad day! Sorry Ryan! Get better soon! See ya next year!

  • Matt Kline

    What “reports” are saying he will most likely never play football again? Sources?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Just the ones that mentioned all players that had these procedures or similar ones never made it back to the NFL. That’s some great odds to overcome. Of course I still hope he can do it.

  • Reader783

    Next week when Gilbert returns, we will have to make a roster move, which was the plan all along. Sutton came back from IR, but replaced Gilbert who went to suspended list, then we signed Spence, but he replaced Juju who went onto the suspended list. Juju coming off the suspended list required a move, which was Shazier to IR. When we get Gilbert back, we’ll need to make a move, which some had speculated a few weeks ago would be Hunter.

  • dany

    He should not be allowed out there with a shirt on

  • Rocksolid20

    Hawkins , he will be of little use with Gilbert back
    and Hubbard back to part time TE .

  • Reader783

    Hm, I’m not so sure about that. We’ve been carrying 8 OL all year and Hawkins has been getting a good amount of reps lately. I doubt we put a 4th round pick on the waiver wire just as he starts to get some reps for the team and with the impending threat of losing Hubbard in free agency next year. All considered, we signed Cam Sutton to the team, so to keep the roster consistent with what it’s been, we’d cut a corner. With the injuries and inconsistent play at CB, I doubt they do that, so I think the best bet is a WR in that bottom of the depth chart shuffle, I lean Hunter. We’ll see though!

  • Doug Andrews

    No doubt