Ryan Shazier’s devastating spinal injury late in the 2017 season left the Steelers linebacker nearly permanently paralyzed. He has not returned to the field since then.
Shazier has made a remarkable recovery in the two-plus years since his injury, but he’s not just content to get his life back. The two-time Pro Bowler continues to pursue a football comeback. Shazier has spent the last two seasons on Pittsburgh’s Physically Unable to Perform list.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert was asked today about Shazier, particularly his status for 2020. The linebacker’s contract was tolled heading into the 2019 season but that doesn’t look like it will be the case in 2020. Therefore, Shazier’s future with the team is uncertain.
Not surprisingly, Colbert is being cautious about Shazier. There is no set plan for when or if he’ll ever get back on the field.
“When you’re dealing with Ryan you’re not dealing with a timetable. You’re dealing with a guy trying to resurrect his career,” Colbert told Bob Labriola of the team’s official website.
#Steelers GM Kevin Colbert on Ryan Shazier's status for 2020: 'When you're dealing with Ryan you're not dealing with a timetable. You're dealing with a guy trying to resurrect his career.'
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) February 13, 2020
To us, it seems insane that Shazier would actually want to play football again. As much as he got out of the game, it almost cost him his life.
Still, on the flip side, we can understand why he might be driven to get back out there. Whatever his future holds, we wish him the best.