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.
Oh boy. They've brought the board out for Shazier. Lot of Steelers have taken a knee as they watch. Bengals kneeling on field too.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 5, 2017
Tyler Matakevich came in on the ensuing play, and helped apply pressure on Andy Dalton, forcing a Bengals 35-yard field goal.
Shazier is being taken to the local hospital via ambulance.
Ryan Shazier is being taken out of the stadium in an ambulance right now. He kept pointing to his waist. #Steelers— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) December 5, 2017
The Steelers have said it is a back injury, but no further update will be given at this time.
UPDATE: #50 Ryan Shazier has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation on his back.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 5, 2017
He will not return to tonight’s game & there will be no further updates at this time.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this injury as more information is released.