COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ryan Shazier, a Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker, and former Ohio State Buckeye is walking again after a significant spinal injury.
Shazier was injured on December 4 when making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals. He had spinal stabilization surgery two days later, on December 6.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "Shazier has regained movement in his legs and is engaging in a regular walking routine."
"He's making incredible progress," said one source familiar with Shazier's recovery.
Shazier was released from UPMC Rehabilitation Institute on Thursday. According to UPMC, he will transition to an outpatient program through their hospital.
It's great news, but as Schefter reported, the next few months will be critical:
The next three to six months are critical in his recovery and will provide a significant idea how much more function Shazier can regain. But for now, the fact that he is out of the hospital and moving his legs and walking is a positive sign.
Shazier posted his progress on his Instagram account on Thursday and included photos of him standing. He also thanked his family, friends, and teammates for their support.
Shazier played for Ohio State from 2011-13 as a linebacker and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Steelers have not offered an update on Shazier's status.