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Steelers LB Shazier back in Pittsburgh after spinal injury

7 Dezember 2017 01:33

Ryan Shazier is back in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers linebacker will continue to receive medical care for his injured back.

Shazier suffered a spinal contusion while making a tackle early in Monday's 23-20 NFL win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 25-year-old was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors treated him. He had swelling around his spinal cord, but improved enough over the last two days for him to be moved to Pittsburgh.

On Wednesday, the Steelers said that Shazier's treatment will continue at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he will "continue tests and evaluations before his medical team any further updates on his condition."

The Steelers thanked the doctors and staff at the UC Health Center for the "excellent care" Shazier received at the facility.

Pittsburgh's leading tackler, Shazier lowered his head to stop Bengals receiver Josh Malone less than four minutes into Monday's game.

Shazier, in his fourth year from Ohio State, had his hands over his head when carted off the field. 

He was in "good spirits" on Wednesday and several of his team-mates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, said they have been sending their thoughts and prayers to him while preparing to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. 

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