An unfortunate situation transpired during Monday Night Football when the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
The game was just beginning when Steelers linebacker, Ryan Shazier, led with his helmet in a tackle attempt into the side of Bengals receiver, Josh Malone. This tackle attempt appeared to cause Shazier’s neck to move awkwardly and buckle, while his lower body seemed limp. The linebacker kept clutching his lower back area but seemed unable to move his lower body.
Shazier’s teammates and coaching staff were visibly shaken by the incident. Many of them had tears in their eyes as Shazier grabbed his lower back and rolled over, appearing not to be able to move his legs.
Unfortunately, Shazier left the field on a stretcher. According to reports from the NFL, Shazier is unable to feel his lower body. Multiple reports are indicating Shazier was transported by medics to the University of Cincinnati Trauma Center.
Currently, the Steelers are unable to comment on Shazier’s condition; however, the Steelers were able to share he will undergo evaluation for a back injury.
Shazier, 25, was a first round draft pick in 2014 out of Ohio State. He is a Pro Bowler and was predicted to make his second Pro Bowl appearance this season. Shazier was also in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. During the current season, Shazier started in all 12 games for the Steelers.
Players, fans, and media are sending their thoughts and prayers to Shazier via Twitter and Facebook.
Written by Rita O
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