Following Terrifying Monday Night Football Injury, Ryan Shazier’s Prognosis Is Looking Positive

In the first quarter of their Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field with an apparent back injury that appeared to be life-altering.

As he was attempting to make a tackle, Shazier’s neck folded like an accordion, causing his legs to go limp and for Shazier to immediately grab his lower back. Simply put, it was one of the more gruesome-looking scenes in the NFL that I can remember, leading many fans — myself included– to believe that we had just witnessed a man become paralyzed a la Eric LeGrand.

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier was rushed to the hospital after this scary hit.🙏🙏🙏

— Sports Vortex (@SportsVortex_) December 5, 2017

While the game carried on without a positive update about Shazier, not long after the final whistle, news broke that Shazier’s condition was improving.

According to a statement from Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, Shazier’s injury will NOT require surgery and he hopes to return to Pittsburgh today. Given the severity and visceral nature of Shazier’s injury, this news is nothing short of a miracle.

Statement by #Steelers GM/VP Kevin Colbert on LB Ryan Shazier

— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) December 5, 2017

Ryan Shazier "better than what it could have been," per team source. Looking better

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 5, 2017

Some good news coming out from Steelers. Two players called Shazier's injury a spinal chord concussion, comparable to Tommy Maddox injury in 2002; Maddox missed 1 game. Encouraging news, another said.

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 5, 2017

Vince Williams, w/ red eyes, tells me, "Ryan is going to be alright. He is tough."

— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 5, 2017

Shazier’s injury was truly horrifying– so much so that some Steelers are reportedly now “scared to play football”— so hearing that it turned out to be not as bad as it looked is a massive relief for football fans, and human beings, nationwide.

Get well soon, Ryan.

Ryan Shazier has the bible verse Philippians 4:13 tattooed on his arm, which reads: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

We pray that to be true now more than ever.

— (@COED) December 5, 2017

While at Ohio State, fellow linebacker Curtis Grant returned home to Virginia due to the death of his father. Shazier begged Urban Meyer to allow him to accompany his teammate home to show him support.

— (@COED) December 5, 2017

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