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Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Reveals Ryan Shazier's Status For 2018

A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sitting on the field.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, ESPN's Adam Schefter provided a major update on the health of Ryan Shazier. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker reportedly regained movement in his legs and is engaging in a regular walking routine.

Since then, Shazier has spoken at length about his want to return to the game. It's been a process since the former Ohio State star underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6. after he suffered a scary injury during a Monday Night Football game against Cincinnati.

However, many believe Shazier has been making incredible progress. He's made it known that his goal is to return to the NFL - not only that, but he wants to make it to the Hall of Fame.

That dream will have to wait at least one more year. Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert revealed on Wednesday morning that Shazier will not play in 2018.

This is nothing we didn't know, but now it's official. The linebacker flourished for the Steelers in 2017 before his injury. In just 12 games, Shazier racked up nearly 90 tackles and showed his ability to cover tight ends and receivers with ease.

“I’m still reaching for that Hall of Fame because I really feel I’m the best linebacker ever. I just got to be back out there so everybody can see it," Shazier said on a recent appearance on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast.