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Shazier to remain in Cincinnati for treatment, more tests after back injury during game

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier lies on the field after an apparent injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Steelers linebacker and former Buckeye Ryan Shazier will continue to be monitored and undergo additional testing at UC Medical Center, after he suffered an injury in Monday night's game.

Shazier suffered a back injury in the first quarter when he lowered his shoulder and tackled Cincinnati receiver Josh Malone. He landed on his chest, reached for the middle of his back, and then rolled over. Shazier lifted his arms, flexing his right hand and calling for help, but otherwise did not appear to move much. He was removed from the field on a backboard and a cart, and then taken to a hospital for tests.

UC Health released a statement Monday afternoon saying Shazier has undergone a series of tests to evaluate his spine injury. They say he will remain there for treatment until he's been cleared to return to Pittsburgh. He's expected to underfo more testing and evaluation over the next day or two before returning to Pittsburgh.

In a press conference Monday, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said Shazier is "in good spirits".


Full statement from UC Health:

Joint Statement from David Okonkwo, MD, PHD, and Joseph Cheng, MD on Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier continues to be hospitalized at UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center and has undergone a series of tests to evaluate his spine injury. He will continue to be monitored and treated by the neurosurgery experts at UC Medical Center until he has been cleared to return to Pittsburgh.

It is expected that Ryan will undergo additional testing and evaluation over the next 24 to 48 hours, and he will then return to Pittsburgh to receive further evaluation and care at UPMC.

Please note: David Okonkwo, MD, PHD, is the Director of Neurotrauma at UPMC and is a neurosurgeon on the medical staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Joseph Cheng, MD, is Chief of Neurosurgery for UC Health, and the Frank H. Mayfield Chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of Cincinnati.

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