Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier returned to Pittsburgh while still being treated for a spinal injury sustained during Monday's game against the Bengals, the team announced on Wednesday.
Shazier is receiving medical treatment for the injury at a facility at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and will continue to undergo testing and evaluation of his condition.
Shazier suffered the terrible injury after his head collided with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone in the Steelers' 23-20 win Monday night. The linebacker was placed on a board and transported off the field before being transported to the hospital.
In a statement issued by the team shortly after the game, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the linebacker underwent a CT scan and an MRI at the hospital and said he will not need surgery at this time.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Shazier has shown promising signs and has some movement in the lower limbs, according to an informed source on the player's condition. As the doctors informed both Rapoport and Aditi Kinkhabwala, the movement does not return immediately.
Doctors will know more about Shazier's injury once part of the swelling subsides, Kinkhabwala previously reported. Steelers Art Rooney II owner Coach Mike Tomlin and Colbert visited Shazier at the hospital after the game on Monday night.
Tomlin did not offer any additional updates on Shazier's medical condition on Tuesday.
at the appropriate time, those who are responsible for your care will give you a reasonable assessment of where you are, "Tomlin said." I imagine it will happen as soon as later today. But from my perspective, obviously, it was a difficult night. Ryan is a soldier. He had the opportunity to spend some time with him and is very happy. . "
Tomlin added:" Ryan is a legitimate leader. I was asking about the boys, Vince [Williams] in particular. I told him about the guys, we talked about how the game developed and some of those things – normal conversations. Not only is he a mentally tough guy, but he is a man who is spiritually in a great place and I know it is an advantage for him and his family. "