Ryan Shazier was injured during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Monday night. He had attempted to make a tackle when he went down on the field. He immediately reached for his lower back, writhing in pain for a few seconds before rolling over. He appeared to signal for help with his hand and went to remove his helmet before he was surrounded by Pittsburgh medical personnel.
As he was placed on a backboard, he was laying completely still and appeared to be unable to move his legs. This led many to believe that he may have suffered a back injury that caused paralysis from the waist down.
Shazier, 25, used his hands to cover his face while he was carted off the field, clearly in excruciating pain.
He was taken to the hospital by ambulance a short while ago, but there has not been an update on his condition.
“After a scary scene that had him laying motionless and carried off on a stretcher,
#Steelers LB Ryan Shazier is being evaluated for a back injury. He has left Paul Brown Stadium via ambulance, but his status is unavailable,” Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter.
Pittsburgh Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten recently tweeted that Shazier “will not return to tonight’s game & there will be no further updates at this time.”
Within seconds of Shazier’s injury, Twitter lit up with posts about how gruesome the injury was.
“Oh man that ryan shazier injury is one of the scariest football injuries i’ve seen…. i hope he’s okay oh my god,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Put your college and pro differences aside and come together as a football community and support Ryan Shazier after that injury. That made me cringe. Red and silver, black and yellow, doesn’t matter. Just hope that he is ok. He is a great defensive player,” added another.
“Prayers up for Ryan Shazier and the guys looking after him right now. That injury looked terrifying,” wrote a third.
A spinal cord injury can cause a person to be paralyzed — either temporarily or permanently. According to UPMC, this happens because the nerves in the back can’t “send messages properly.”
“Spinal cord injuries usually occur when the back is damaged by a strong blow to the area such as from an automobile accident or a diving accident. When a spinal cord injury occurs, the damaged nerve pathways can not send the messages properly. The person loses sensation and control of the muscles. The extent of the damage depends on the location of the spinal cord injury.”
There are various ways in which a spinal injury can be treated. It’s possible that Shazier will need surgery following by physical therapy. Depending on the severity of his injury, it’s possible that the season is over for him. There is also a possibility that this injury will end his career in the NFL.
Of course, there’s a chance that Shazier’s injury looked worse than it is, which is what everyone is hoping for.
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