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Ryan Shazier leaves Week 13 game with apparent back injury

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The dynamic Steelers linebacker was carted off the field.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt a tough injury in the first quarter of the Week 13 Monday night game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals when Ryan Shazier, after making a tackle, laid on the turf with an apparent back injury.

Shazier lead with the crown of his helmet, and immediately grabbed at the middle of his back after making the tackle before being put on a stretcher and taken off the field.

Tyler Matakevich came in on the ensuing play, and helped apply pressure on Andy Dalton, forcing a Bengals 35-yard field goal.

UPDATE:

Shazier is being taken to the local hospital via ambulance.

UPDATE:

The Steelers have said it is a back injury, but no further update will be given at this time.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this injury as more information is released.