Steelers LB Ryan Shazier suffers spinal contusion

The linebacker was visibly injured shortly before the game began, and left the stadium in an ambulance after being put on a backboard for stability, and carted away.

Kahron Spearman

Multiple team sources told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was hospitalized after suffering a back injury shortly after the start of Monday night's 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a team statement, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the linebacker underwent a CT and MRI scans at the hospital and that he will not need surgery at this time. It's being called a spinal contusion, and it's been reported that Shazier has feeling in his extremities.

Make no mistake, this is a tough game, a tough business. 5-0 [Shazier] is our brother, our thoughts and prayers are out to him.

He had been attempting to tackle Bengals receiver Josh Malone, lowering his head into the hit. Shazier clutched his back in apparent pain as he tried rolling over; However, his legs appeared to not turn over with his upper torso.