Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier will not require surgery after suffering a back injury during his team's win over the Cincinnati Bengals,the Steelers said Tuesday.
Shazier was stretchered from the field in Monday's bruising encounter after a mistimed tackle on Bengals receiver Josh Malone in the first quarter.
Shazier appeared to be unable to move his legs after the incident which interrupted play for several minutes.
Shazier does not require surgery for back spinal cord contusion
"Ryan's injury will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve," Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said.
The NFL Network reported that the Steelers had been told Shazier had suffered a spinal cord contusion.
Shazier was being treated in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he had a CT scan and an MRI to evaluate the injury.
Shazier's injury was one of several incidents in Monday's game.
The Bengals saw running back Joe Mixon exit with a concussion while cornerback Adam Jones suffered a groin injury.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict sustained a head injury following a brutal hit by Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting on the play. He was suspended for one game for the play, and received criticism from all angles. He took to twitter to apologise but it was not a good look for the NFL as they try to fix the problems with concussions and head injuries to their players.
I don’t have any intentions to hurt anyone when I play football. I didn’t mean to hurt Vontez Burfict, I just wanted to throw a block for my teammate. I apologize for standing over him and that isn’t me. Praying he gets better.— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) 5 December 2017