Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has a long road to recovery, but at least he was well enough on Wednesday to be transported back to Pittsburgh.
Shazier, who suffered a spinal contusion on a scary play in Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, was transported from Cincinnati to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, according to team spokesman Burt Lauten.
— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) December 6, 2017
Shazier was apparently airlifted via this helicopter, via TV producer Laura Chapnick.
— Laura Chapnick (@laurachapnick) December 6, 2017
While there was some positive news on Tuesday morning, a statement by the Steelers later on Tuesday didn’t seem quite as optimistic and said Shazier would remain in Cincinnati for further testing and evaluation for 24-48 hours. Perhaps it’s good news that Shazier left Cincinnati on the short end of that timetable.
There has been an outpouring of support since Shazier was injured attempting to make a tackle early in Monday night’s game. The Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said they started a team meeting on Wednesday by praying for Shazier.
Coach Harbaugh said the team opened their meeting today with a group prayer for @steelers LB Ryan Shazier and his health.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 6, 2017
Thank you for the prayers. Your support is uplifting to me and my family. #SHALIEVE
— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) December 5, 2017
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