Ryan Shazier undergoing further testing at hospital

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remained hospitalized at University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Tuesday and will undergo further testing and evaluation for his spine injury, Dr. David Okonkwo (UPMC) and Dr. Joseph Cheng (UCMC) announced in a joint statement released by the team.

“Ryan Shazier continues to be hospitalized at UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center and has undergone a series of tests to evaluate his spine injury,” the statement read. “He will continue to be monitored and treated by the neurosurgery experts at UC Medical Center until he has been cleared to return to Pittsburgh.

“It is expected that Ryan will undergo additional testing and evaluation over the next 24 to 48 hours, and he will then return to Pittsburgh to receive further evaluation and care at UPMC.”

Shazier suffered the scary injury after his head collided with Cincinnati Bengals receiver Josh Malone’s thigh in the Steelers’ 23-20 win Monday night. The linebacker was placed on a backboard and carted off the field.

In a statement released by the team shortly after the game, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the linebacker underwent a CT scan and an MRI at the hospital and noted he will not need surgery at this time.

NFL Network

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