Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier has missed the last three games with a knee injury and while its not yet clear whether or not he’ll play Monday night against the Houston Texans, he was back working with the first-team defense some during Wednesday’s practice.
On the Wednesday edition of Steelers Live, Shazier was shown working pretty aggressively during practice. He was, however, wearing a brace on his injured right knee that he originally hurt in the second half of the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers.
“I don’t know, I’m just going to see what the trainers and coaches say,” Shazier said Wednesday during a locker room interview. Whenever they tell me I’m ready, I’m going to go out there and do what I can.”
Shazier did admit Wednesday that he’s getting a little anxious due to all of the time that he’s missed and that’s certainly understandable.
“Every week I feel like I’m getting better, so I just got to wait until they tell me it’s time to go then I’m just going to go one hundred percent and give them everything I got.”
Due to the Steelers playing on Monday night this week, the team wasn’t required to file an injury report Wednesday. The first one of the week will be released at the conclusion of Thursday’s practice and at that time we should have a pretty good idea as to whether or not he’ll be in uniform against the Texans.
Shazier registered 20 total tackles in the Steelers first three games. Since going down injured, third-year linebacker Sean Spence has been starting in his place. He’s registered 17 total tackles so far on the season.