Ryan Shazier’s family has been tight-lipped about the former Ohio State linebacker’s recovery since he went down following a hit on Dec. 4 in the Steelers’ game against the Bengals, but his father shared some good news on Thursday.
Vernon Shazier told WPXI that his son has feeling in his legs a month to the day after the injury occurred.
“When your child is laying there in a situation like this, I was hoping and wishing i could switch positions with him,” Vernon Shazier said.
“When he went down, all of us went down with him.”
Shazier suffered a spine injury while making a tackle in the game, and did not move his legs after hitting the ground. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery three days after suffering the injury, and started rehabilitation a week after that. He’s made a few appearances since suffering the injury, and received an ovation in his first game back:
— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2017
“He’s making progress daily,” Vernon Shazier said. “He’s a long ways from the night when he was laying on the field.”
Channel 11 asked, “Is he walking? Have you seen your son walking?”
“We agreed to keep his progress private until he’s ready to share where he is at,” Vernon Shazier said.
Shazier’s father said he believes his son will play football again:
“Yes, yes I do. I Shalieve. I Shalieve,”