Ryan Shazier Won't Play For Steelers In 2018 As He Recovers From Spinal Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has publicly stated his desire to return to playing football is the future despite suffering a spinal injury last year, but it won't happen next season.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said at his press conference on Wednesday that Shazier will not play for the team in 2018.

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery in early December after suffering the injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.

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"I gotta get back," Shazier said on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast. “Since I’ve been in college, I really wanted to go to the Hall of Fame. I still want to go to the Hall of Fame. All my goals are like making me want to go to the Hall of Fame.

“I have a paper that has all the Hall of Fame linebackers. I’ve got to be one of the best players. I really feel I have the ability...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. You know what I’m saying?”

Shazier recorded 89 tackles with three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 12 games last season before suffering the injury.

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