PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Shazier’s locker sat untouched in a corner of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room Wednesday save for one little piece: his yellow No. 50 practice jersey, which found its way into the hands and over the shoulders of good friend and fellow inside linebacker Vince Williams.
While Williams and the rest of Shazier’s teammates tried to go about the business of preparing for a visit from Baltimore on Sunday night that could clinch Pittsburgh’s third AFC North title in four years, Shazier spent the day being transported from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh to undergo further testing on a spinal injury that left his future murky and his teammates shaken.
”I think it’s just weird without 50 here,” rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt said. ”He’s the heart and soul of this defense. He’s the quarterback. It’s just different not having him here in meetings and out there in practices. It’s weird.”
Pittsburgh signed Sean Spence, who spent three seasons with the Steelers after being taken in the third round of the 2012 draft, to fill Shazier’s spot on the roster.
Tyler Matakevich could start in Shazier’s spot against the Ravens if his aching left shoulder comes around in time.
Yet the void left by the relentlessly upbeat and charismatic Shazier both on the field and off will be
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/it-s-just-weird-steelers-rallying-around-injured-shazier-120617
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