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Ryan Shazier discharged from rehab facility

UPMC announced the Pittsburgh linebacker's release and tweeted that he would transition to an outpatient therapy program.


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UPMC announced the release of Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier from their rehabilitation center in a tweet on Thursday.

They've also noted that he would transition immediately into an outpatient therapy program, for further treatment of his spinal injury.

Shazier took to Instagram to thank the many people who've contributed to his recovery, including the UPMC staff and the Steelers organization.

The support from my teammates has been truly amazing. From former players to current players and their families- they have helped me and my family day to day with visits and gifts. We cant thank you enough. I want to thank Mr. Rooney, Coach T, Mr. Colbert, and the entire Steelers organization for the unwavering support theyve given me. I knew they were an amazing organization, but more than ever theyre family to me.

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 7, a few days after sustaining a spinal injury as he made a tackle on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone.

There's currently no timetable for complete recovery, or no way of knowing if he will play football again, although his father has previously expressed confidence in Shazier's complete recovery.

Ive had a lot of 1st downs at UPMC, but you know being the defensive guy I am, my mind is on 3 and out. With that being said, I want everyone to know that Im moving on to the next step of the process. Todays a big day for me as Im officially being released from the hospital. I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped me the past two months. First and foremost, I want to thank God because at the end of the day I dont think Id be making progress without His vision and hands protecting me and my family. I will continue to trust in Him and thank Him, because it all starts with Him. To my family: youve been my rock. Words cant express how thankful I am for you Michelle, RJ, Mom, Dad, and VJ for always being there for me. Youre my everything. To Jerome: my trainer and best friend. Thank you for being there from day 1 and every day after continuing to push me to be better every day. Id like to thank Dr. Okonkwo, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Maroon, and Dr. Schroeder for their amazing work on my procedure and continuous care. I cant appropriately express how grateful I am for how quickly youve helped me bounce back. I want to thank the medical staff at UPMC for their amazing care, support and therapy they have given me- especially Joe, Nikki, Karolina and Dani. I know the staff will continue to help me find a way to keep on pushing as we continue therapy. The support from my teammates has been truly amazing. From former players to current players and their families- they have helped me and my family day to day with visits and gifts. We cant thank you enough. I want to thank Mr. Rooney, Coach T, Mr. Colbert, and the entire Steelers organization for the unwavering support theyve given me. I knew they were an amazing organization, but more than ever theyre family to me. Lastly, I want to thank Jimmy, Candice, and the CAA Sports staff for being here when I need them most. I dont know if Id be where Im at or making the progress Im making without you guys. I want everyone to know that all of the support and prayers are absolutely being answered. I will continue to work hard and push and find a way back. #Shalieve #Steelers #prayfor50

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