A joint commentary from UPMC director of neurotrauma David Okonkwo and leader of neurosurgery for UC well being Joseph Cheng stated Shazier has passed through a sequence of exams to judge his backbone damage.
"He will continue to be monitored and treated by the neurosurgery experts at UC Medical Center until he has been cleared to return to Pittsburgh," the commentary stated. "It is expected that Ryan will undergo additional tests and evaluation over the next 24 to 48 hours, and he will then return to Pittsburgh to receive further evaluation and care at UPMC."
Okonkwo could also be a neurosurgeon at the clinical team of workers of the Steelers.
Shazier was once strapped to a board and got rid of from the sector after struggling the damage on a tackling strive within the first quarter of the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Bengals. Shazier's helmet crown collided with Bengals receiver Josh Malone's rib/hip house. Players had been emotional as they crowded round him, with defensive finish Cam Heyward conserving his hand.
Shazier spoke to more than one teammates Monday and has remained upbeat in regards to the procedure.
Shazier is one of the Steelers' absolute best playmakers and maximum likable teammates. He leads the Steelers in tackles (87), pressured fumbles (two) and interceptions (3). Shazier additionally had a streak of 4 straight video games with an interception overdue closing season. He was once hopeful to play his first complete NFL season prior to the damage.
Coach Mike Tomlin was once amongst those that visited Shazier early Monday morning.
"It was a tough evening. Ryan is a trooper," Tomlin stated. "Had an opportunity to spend some time with him, he is in really good spirits, tough guy. He has great support from family and loved ones there. It was painful to get on that plane last night. That's life. We realize and understand he is in really good hands and getting expert medical care. He also challenged us to us move on with what it is we need to move on and he is with us as well."