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Ryan Shazier was carted off the field on Monday.

Ryan Shazier undergoes spinal stabilization surgery days after scary hit

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery this week, the team announced Thursday.

Shazier, a former Ohio State player, was part of a scary situation on Monday night when he had to be carted off the field against the Cincinnati Bengals. Shazier is being treated for a spinal injury, but team officials initially did not think that it would require surgery. Shazier is back at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after spending a few days in a Cincinnati hospital.

Ryan Shazier has spinal stabilization surgery

The fact Shazier needed surgery points to the injury being more severe than initially believed. ESPN reporter Michele Steele spoke with a neurologist, Dr. Anthony Alessi, who said Shazier might not  play football again.

Shazier, 25, was a standout for the Buckeyes between 2011-2013. He was picked by the Steelers in the first round (15th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2016.