Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remains hospitalized recovering from a back injury but will not likely require surgery.
Shazier underwent an MRI exam and a CT scan at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after suffering a back injury in a collision with Cincinnati Bengals receiver Josh Malone early in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s 23-20 win Monday night. Shazier, who appeared to lower his helmet on contact, left the stadium in an ambulance.
Replay of Shazier's injury pic.twitter.com/DWU8u3imn6
— '03 Kliff Kingsbury (@fearthe_beard11) December 5, 2017
When Shazier left the field, he signaled to his waist and could not move his feet or legs without assistance. According to ESPN, Shazier was able to move all extremities Tuesday.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert reported the initial word to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on the sideline — the exchange was caught by ESPN “Monday Night Football” cameras — and appeared to say “Ryan has no feeling in his lower body.”
If I was a lip reader, it looks like #Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said,
"Ryan (Shazier) has no feeling in his lower body"
Sick feeling… pic.twitter.com/7pUZv2NnWp
— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) December 5, 2017
Two players told veteran beat writer Ed Bouchette that Shazier was diagnosed with a “spinal cord concussion.”
The clinical concussion board describes as spinal cord concussion as “transient disturbance of spinal cord function, with or without vertebral damage and no demonstrable pathologic changes, that results from a rapid change in velocity following trauma, and resolves within 48 hours.”