Shazier back in Pittsburgh after spine injury

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Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off the field after suffering a spinal injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4, 2017 (AFP Photo/John Grieshop)

Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off the field after suffering a spinal injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4, 2017

Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off the field after suffering a spinal injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4, 2017 (AFP Photo/John Grieshop)

Washington (AFP) - Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was back Wednesday in Pittsburgh, where he is being treated in hospital for a spinal injury suffered in a game in Cincinnati on Monday.

A brief statement from the Steelers offered no new information on Shazier's condition.

"Ryan Shazier has returned to Pittsburgh and is now receiving medical attention at a UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) hospital," Steelers director of communications Burt Lauten said in statement on Wednesday.

"He will continue tests and evaluations before his medical team provides any further updates on his condition."

Lauten went on to thank staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for their care of Shazier.

Shazier appeared unable to move his legs after he was hurt attempting to make a tackle on Monday.

By Tuesday he was reported to have some movement in his lower extremities although the Steelers said only that he "continues to improve".

The NFL Network reported that the Steelers had been told Shazier suffered a spinal cord contusion.

In a posting on his Twitter feed on Tuesday night, Shazier thanked fans for their prayers.

"Your support is uplifting to me and my family," he said. "#Shalieve".

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