Ryan Shazier Hospitalized After Being Carted Off With Back Injury On Monday Night Football

By Dan Hope on December 5, 2017 at 12:49 am
Ryan Shazier
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Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was taken to a hospital for further evaluation after being strapped to a backboard and carted off the field with a back injury on Monday Night Football.

Shazier suffered the injury while making a tackle in the first quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. After hitting Bengals receiver Josh Malone, Shazier fell to the ground and reached for his lower back. Shazier was seen moving his hands and arms, but was not seen moving his legs.

According to a report from NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Shazier was taken to the UC Trauma Center in Cincinnati.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in his postgame press conference that he did not have any updates on Shazier's condition at that time, but that the team would release an official update at the appropriate time. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, however, reported that Shazier's condition was "better than it could have been."

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, two Steelers played referred to Shazier's injury as a spinal cord concussion, an injury from which other football players have been able to make a full recovery and eventually return to the field.

Current and former Ohio State football players were also among those who took to Twitter to share their best wishes for Shazier.

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