Steelers LB Ryan Shazier is walking again, ‘making incredible progress’
There were doubts as to whether Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier would be able to walk again following a serious spinal injury he suffered in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 6.
But just two months removed from spinal stabilization surgery, Shazier has since been discharged from the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and has regained movement in his legs to the point where he is now back to walking again.
“He’s making incredible progress,” said one source familiar with Shazier’s recovery told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It’s pretty remarkable to realize Shazier is back on his feet and actually using his legs less than two months after suffering an injury which potentially could’ve left him paralyzed. It must be a relief for his loved ones to see his recovery progressing so quickly after fearing the worst shortly after the injury.
Of course, there is still a long way to go in terms of Shazier’s road to recovery. Even with the “incredible progress” he’s making, it still remains to be seen just how much more function of his legs he can regain. Still, Shazier’s progress should be considered as the incredibly good news that it is. It seems that Shazier won’t have to experience the worst case scenario of his injury, which is terrific for him.
Hopefully, Shazier continues to make tremendous strides with his recovery like he has for the past couple of months. And even if he doesn’t completely make a full recovery which allows him to play football again, the fact that he is actually still able to walk should be considered a massive win.