NFL News : Report: Shazier showing gradual improvement, still faces uncertain future

Report: Shazier showing gradual improvement, still faces uncertain future

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier continues to show gradual improvement from his back injury, reports ESPN.

Doctors are controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside, sources said.

"It is premature to say whether Shazier will play football again, but the focus right now is not on his playing career but on trying to facilitate his recovery," wrote ESPN. 

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday after suffering a severe back injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. He spent Monday and Tuesday night at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before being transferred to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center facility.

The Steelers have not updated his status since Thursday's surgery announcement, but his season is over and the team says it is concerned solely about his short- and long-term health.

Since he returned to Pittsburgh, Shazier has received visits from Steelers owner Art Rooney and multiple teammates, sources said. Shazier's family is also with him.

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Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency