Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is injured on a catch by Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone (80) during the first half of their game at Paul Brown Stadium, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Photo: Greg Lynch
Photo: Greg Lynch

Injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier ‘continues to improve’ in Cincinnati hospital

Linebacker left Monday night’s game in first quarter after suffering back injury

The back injury suffered by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier in the game vs. the Bengals on Monday night “will not require surgery at this time and he continues to improve,” according to a statement from Steelers General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert.

Shazier had a CT scan and MRI at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The plan is for Shazier to stay in Cincinnati overnight “with the hopes of returning to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.”

Shazier, 25, is in his fourth season out of Ohio State.


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier left Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on a cart after suffering an injury in the first quarter on Monday night’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

Shazier hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone with the crown of his helmet and immediately grabbed for his back. Shazier was placed on a backboard then left the field on a cart.

Shazier was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

“He’s one of the leaders of that defense,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told ESPN after the game, a 23-20 Pittsburgh win. “Prayers and thoughts with everyone that got hurt. I know there’s a lot of worried people out there.”

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