The Steelers originally said Shazier's injury wouldn't require surgery, however the news of him having a surgical procedure could indicate a much more serious injury and long rehabilitation process.
Upon hearing that Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Butler did not want to speculate. The surgery usually is done in an effort to take pressure off (decompress) the spinal cord or nerve roots.
Today the Steelers announced that Shazier did have surgery, and there was nothing in the Steelers' more recent statement about Shazier continuing to improve. "We do know that his 2017 season is over, and he remains hospitalized in Pittsburgh as he recovers from spinal stabilization surgery". He was then taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he remained until Wednesday, when he returned to Pittsburgh.
Coach Mike Tomlin, who visited Shazier in the hospital Monday night, recounted the incident that injured the linebacker.
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"It was painful to, kind of, get on that plane last night, but that's life", Tomlin continued.
"We miss 50 but we have to show up and still play", defensive tackle Javon Hargrave said.
"Just wanted to thank EVERYONE for all the prayers and support for Ryan".
Shazier also posted a message to his fans on Twitter Tuesday.
ESPN's Michele Steele also talked with a neurologist who has not treated Shazier, and his perspective was not optimistic.