Steelers’ Ryan Shazier has spinal stabilization surgery |

Steelers’ Ryan Shazier has spinal stabilization surgery

Joe Rutter
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is carted from the field after being injured during the first quarter against the Bengals on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who remains at a UPMC facility with a spinal injury, had a spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday night, the team announced Thursday.

Surgery was performed by UPMC neurosurgeons Dr. David Okonkwo and Dr. Joseph Maroon.

The team provided no further update on Shazier’s condition.

Shazier was injured early in the first quarter Monday night in the Steelers’ game at Cincinnati when he tackled Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone.

Shazier spent Monday night and Tuesday night in a Cincinnati hospital, and he was transported to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

On Wednesday night, Shazier’s fiance, Michelle Rodriguez, used her Instagram account to ask for continued prayers.

“This is honestly more than football,” she wrote. “You guys honestly don’t know how much this means to us and our families. The love and support that has been flooded our way is something that we are very grateful for. We THANK YOU!”

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