It is easy to say the performance the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2014 1st round draft pick Ryan Shazier put on the field against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday was possibly the most impressive defensive performance in years. Shazier had 15 tackles, 11 of those solo tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for losses and one quarterback hit. That is one heck of a stat line for the second year inside linebacker.
You can imagine the concern for the organization, and fans everywhere, when they saw No. 50 leave the field with a shoulder injury in the 4th quarter of the game Sunday at Heinz Field. The team determined his injury had his return to the game as "questionable", which in NFL terms means he is done for the day.
Mike Tomlin, and Shazier himself, put to bed any thought of the shoulder injury possibly lingering and impacting his performance moving into the Week 3 game when the team travels to play the St. Louis Rams.
Shazier nodded that in the affirmative that it was a stinger he suffered late. "It's a linebacker injury. Nothing to worry about," he said.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) September 20, 2015
Shazier was on the injury report leading up to this Week 2 game against the 49ers with a knee injury, and it will be interesting to see if he remains on the injury report and misses some practice time, or if the shoulder injury is nothing to be talked about as Shazier called it "a linebacker injury".
Other than Shazier, Tomlin added there were no major injuries of note in the Steelers game other than "bumps and bruises" which accompany playing football in the NFL. Good news for a team looking to "stack wins" with a game on the road next Sunday in St. Louis.