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Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier (middle) was released from the hospital Thursday.

Ohio State: Hospital discharges Ryan Shazier; Buckeyes ready for wrestling showdown with No. 1 Penn State

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Ryan Shazier released from hospital, shares uplifting message

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier cleared a huge hurdle in his recovery from a career-threatening spine injury Thursday as he was released from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Shazier was in the hospital for nearly two months after suffering the injury in a Dec. 4 game. He’ll continue to rehab through an outpatient program with UPMC, but Shazier did not downplay what this step in his recovery means to him.

“I want everyone to know that I’m moving on to the next step of the process. [Thursday]’s a big day for me as I’m officially being released from the hospital,” the former Ohio State linebacker wrote on Instagram. “… I want everyone to know that all of the support and prayers are absolutely being answered. I will continue to work hard and push and find a way back.”

I’ve had a lot of 1st downs at UPMC, but you know being the defensive guy I am, my mind is on 3 and out. With that being said, I want everyone to know that I’m moving on to the next step of the process. Today’s a big day for me as I’m officially being released from the hospital. I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped me the past two months. First and foremost, I want to thank God because at the end of the day I don’t think I’d be making progress without His vision and hands protecting me and my family. I will continue to trust in Him and thank Him, because it all starts with Him. To my family: you’ve been my rock. Words can’t express how thankful I am for you Michelle, RJ, Mom, Dad, and VJ for always being there for me. You’re my everything. To Jerome: my trainer and best friend. Thank you for being there from day 1 and every day after continuing to push me to be better every day. I’d like to thank Dr. Okonkwo, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Maroon, and Dr. Schroeder for their amazing work on my procedure and continuous care. I can’t appropriately express how grateful I am for how quickly you’ve helped me bounce back. I want to thank the medical staff at UPMC for their amazing care, support and therapy they have given me- especially Joe, Nikki, Karolina and Dani. I know the staff will continue to help me find a way to keep on pushing as we continue therapy. The support from my teammates has been truly amazing. From former players to current players and their families- they have helped me and my family day to day with visits and gifts. We can’t thank you enough. I want to thank Mr. Rooney, Coach T, Mr. Colbert, and the entire Steelers organization for the unwavering support they’ve given me. I knew they were an amazing organization, but more than ever they’re family to me. Lastly, I want to thank Jimmy, Candice, and the CAA Sports staff for being here when I need them most. I don’t know if I’d be where I’m at or making the progress I’m making without you guys. I want everyone to know that all of the support and prayers are absolutely being answered. I will continue to work hard and push and find a way back. #Shalieve #Steelers #prayfor50

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Greg Schiano reportedly expected to interview for Patriots DC job

Greg Schiano could still be going to the NFL this offseason. Schiano is expected to interview for the Patriots defensive coordinator opening, according to Gary Tanguay of NBC Sports New England. The Patriots job would be open if defensive coordinator Matt Patricia leaves the franchise to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Schiano has been the Buckeyes defensive coordinator for the last two seasons.

Ohio State wrestling squares off with No. 1 Penn State on Saturday

The biggest team dual of the season is here for Ohio State’s second-ranked wrestling team. The Buckeyes head to Rec Hall to face No. 1 Penn State on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network). The matchup will involve a handful of the country’s top wrestlers at various weight classes and should feature matchups likely to be repeated in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State star Kyle Snyder said he’s friends with a lot of Penn State wrestlers, but there’s no dual he has wanted to win more in his collegiate career than this one.

“Something about when you put them all together and they’re in Penn State singlets, I want to destroy them,” Snyder told reporters. “Probably because they’re good. I want to beat them more than I’ve wanted to beat any team since I’ve been at Ohio State.”

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Exploring J.T. Barrett’s Senior Bowl snub

J.T. Barrett was not invited to last week’s Senior Bowl, the top all-star game for NFL hopefuls. A total of nine quarterbacks got invited, including Nebraska’s Tanner Lee, who was a late addition as an injury replacement. Lee has the build of an NFL quarterback (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), but he finished his college career with 37 interceptions in 31 games.

Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn, who was at the Senior Bowl, explains why Barrett should’ve been there as well.

Malcolm Jenkins looking for second Super Bowl ring

Former Buckeyes safety Malcolm Jenkins is hoping to earn his second Super Bowl ring this weekend as his Philadelphia Eagles face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Jenkins, who first won a Super Bowl as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints, is the only active player from Ohio State in the game. Defensive back Nate Ebner is on injured reserve for the Patriots.

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