Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was taken to a local hospital after suffering a back injury during this week's Monday Night Football at Paul Brown Stadium.
During the game, Shazier hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone with the top of his helmet and immediately reached for his lower back and signaled to the Pittsburgh sideline for medical attention. Shazier, who played college football at Ohio State, left on a stretcher and cart and went to a Cincinnati area hospital for evaluation.
Shazier has since returned to Pittsburgh, where UPMC neurosurgeons and team doctors performed a spinal stabilization surgery to address the injury.
Now, it appears Shazier's future, as it relates to football, is up in the air:
Just got off phone w neurologist Dr Anthony Alessi, who consults w NFLPA, asked him what he makes of Shazier's spinal stabilization surgery. "It's not good...We're not going to see him this season. He may not play football again."