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Ryan Shazier Offers Health Update

Ryan Shazier wearing a yellow Steelers hat.

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.

Shazier, 25, underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6. after he suffered a scary injury during a Monday Night Football game against Cincinnati. "He's making incredible progress," a source told Schefter.

In early February, Shazier announced he was discharged from hospital. The former Ohio State star posted a series of photos with Ben Roethlisberger and hospital staff -- he was seen standing in each of the photos.

In a recent appearance on Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix's podcast, Shazier expanded on his health. He's fighting to get back, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I got to get back. Right now I’m reading a book and it’s basically saying trust the process. I’m really trusting the process. I know the end goal. So I’m taking every step of the way, I’m giving everything I got. The therapists are like, ‘Man this is crazy; I’ve never seen anyone work this hard.’ They almost see progression every day."

Shazier's ultimate goal isn't just to get back in the league, he wants to be a Hall of Famer. Here's what he told Nix about how he wants his career to end.

“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.

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.

[Post-Gazette]