Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018, but the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker said Wednesday he still hopes to return someday.
‘My dream is to come back and play football again,’ Shazier said. ‘I’ve been working my tail off every single day, so I have that in the back of my mind every single time I go to rehab. I just try to stay positive every day, so I’m just trying to do everything I can to get back.’
Shazier made the comments at his first Steelers press conference since suffering a devastating spinal contusion in Week 13 last season.
Shazier suffered the injury during Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4 and had spinal stabilization surgery three days later. One month after the injury and with Shazier still hospitalized, his father told WPXI-Pittsburgh on Jan. 4 that his son was improving and had regained feeling in his legs.