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Ryan Shazier has feeling in legs, says father

Vernon Shazier, Ryan's father, says "we've agreed to keep his progress private until he's ready to share where he's at."


Kahron Spearman


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has regained feeling in his legs, according his father in a report by WPXI-Pittsburgh (h/t Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)

Shazier's father, Vernon, declined to offer any specifics on Ryan's present condition, saying his son would inform the public on his own terms. He said he believe Ryan will play again.

He did, however, recollect his son suffering a devastating spinal injury during a Dec. 4 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

When your child is laying there in a situation like this, I was hoping and wishing I could switch positions with him. When he went down, all of us went down with him.

Vernon Shazier
Ryan's father

The two-time Pro Bowler underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 7 at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital and is completing rehabilitation.

"He's a long way from where he was on that Monday night when he was laying on the field," said his father.

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