This offseason has been filled with drama for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but there is finally a positive story emerging this week that involves the franchise. Even though Ryan Shazier still has ways to go before making a full recovery from his spine injury, the linebacker will remain under contract for next year.
It’s a very classy gesture for a franchise that has dealt with countless headaches in recent months. They’ll continue to pay Shazier and give him the proper health insurance he needs for this year.
Shazier suffered a heartbreaking injury to the Cincinnati Bengals two seasons ago, and unfortunately hasn’t played since. While the Steelers won’t have him on the field, they’ll keep him close to the locker room.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter tweeted out that Pittsburgh will leave Shazier on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Steelers are keeping LB Ryan Shazier and leaving him on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List for the 2019 season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert spoke about the team’s decision, saying “We will continue to support Ryan’s efforts to return to play.”
Ryan Shazier’s contract will be tolled into the 2019 NFL season.
He will remain on the team’s roster this year and eventually will be placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 12, 2019
During his time on the field, Shazier was excellent for the Steelers. His speed from sideline to sideline is an intangible that not many linebackers possess.
Even if he never returns to the gridiron, the Ohio State product has become an inspiration for many.
Hopefully, Shazier continues to heal from his devastating injury to the point where he can continue to pursue his dreams.