The Pittsburgh Steelers had to make a few moves after the 2019 NFL Draft, and one of those was made late Saturday when the team terminated the contract of inside linebacker Jon Bostic. However, after signing 9 draft picks and 10 Undrafted Free Agents (UDFA), the team had one more move to make.
While this was anticipated, the Steelers placed Ryan Shazier on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Steelers have placed LB Ryan Shazier on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 29, 2019
Since the league, and team, announced Shazier’s contract will toll into 2019, since he spent the entire 2018 season on the Reserve/PUP List, it was widely know Shazier won’t be playing football this year.
The Steelers now have their 90-man roster intact, for now, but the offseason roster is fluid. With injuries, and new players becoming available if released by other teams, the inflated roster will change drastically between now and when the league mandates the team get its roster down to the 53-man limit.
As for Shazier, he will not only get paid, but will also continue to be insured and rehab at the team’s facilities. It is amazing how far he has come since the injury in December 2017. Just looking for photos for this article showed Shazier walking with a cane at training camp last year. Fast forward to earlier this month and he is now doing assisted box jumps.
Whether Shazier plays again or not isn’t important, but what is important is he is on his way back to full health.
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