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Steelers' Shazier has spinal surgery, reportedly may never play again

The linebacker, who was injured Monday night against the Bengals, underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday night at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Kahron Spearman


Multiple outlets report that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Wednesday night to address the spinal cord injury that occurred on Monday in Cincinnati.


University of Pittsburgh Medical neurosurgeons and Steelers doctors Joseph Maroon and David Okonkwo performed the surgery. No other details have been provided.


It's said that Shazier's injury was worse than initially reported. Theres no timetable for Shaziers recovery.

"It's not good...We're not going to see him this season. He may not play football again."

Dr. Anthony Alessi
Neurologist and consultant with NFLPA

Dr. Anthony Alessi told ESPN's Michelle Steele that "bones around his spinal cord are dislocated. This is a more severe injury (than a contusion.)"


"Im not worried about him playing for us again, defensive coordinator Keith Butler explained, following the announcement. “Im more worried about him."

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