Steelers confirm LB Shazier will not play in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — Linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.

“We know that, he knows that,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Recovering from the in-game spinal injury in December that required surgery, Shazier continues to progress and attack rehabilitation.

Shazier said recently on teammates Roosevelt Nix’s podcast the possibility of returning to the football field is driving him each day.

“I’ve got to get back,” said Shazier, who remains mum on the details of the injury. “Right now I’m reading a book and it’s basically saying trust the process. I’m really trusting the process. I know the end goal. So I’m taking every step of the way, I’m giving everything I got. The therapists are like, ‘Man this is crazy; I’ve never seen anyone work this hard.’ They almost see progression every day.”

Colbert said Shazier is heavily involved in team activities and will be around the team as much as possible.

Because the roster designation will be “a little bit different” than the typical injured player, Shazier will count against the Steelers’ 90-man offseason roster. Colbert said the Steelers are prepared to work through training camp with 89.

–Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

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