Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was transferred from a hospital in Cincinnati to a medical center at the University of Pittsburgh, the team announced Wednesday, for treatment and more evidence of a spinal injury during the first quarter of the year. win Monday night over the Bengals.
Mike Wallace of Baltimore, by Ryan Shazier, said: "You never want to see what happens to anyone, no matter what team you're on."
"He will continue the tests and evaluations before his medical team gives him new updates about his condition," the Steelers said in a statement. "Once again, we want to thank the doctors and staff at the UC Health Center at the University of Cincinnati for the excellent care Ryan received at that location."
Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than four minutes after his team 23-20 victory after a tackle that left the 25-year-old writhing on the turf, his legs immobile. He underwent extensive testing overnight, and the team said Shazier's injury did not require surgery "at this time."
ESPN sources on Monday night were encouraged that Shazier's injury was less severe than originally anticipated, but they did not know until the moment the trial was developed.
Shazier spoke with multiple teammates and remained optimistic about the process. He tweeted a message of gratitude to the fans on Tuesday.
Thanks for the prayers. Your support is encouraging me. and my family. #SHALIEVE
– Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) December 5, 2017
Shazier is one of the best players in the Steelers, leading the team in tackles (87), torpedoes forced (two) and interceptions (three). Shazier also had a run of four consecutive games with an interception late last season.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.