On Thursday, UPMC provided an official update on the rehab of injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and it’s fortunately a positive one.
— UPMC (@UPMCnews) February 1, 2018
As you can see in the short release provided by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Twitter, Shazier is now set to transition into an outpatient therapy program now that he’s been discharged from the Rehabilitation Institute.
It’s now been almost two full months since Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery, which took place just a few days after he suffered a serious back in injury during the Steelers Week 13 Monday night home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Several weeks ago, Shazier’s father said in a television news interview that his son has regained feeling in his legs and not long after that the linebacker was able to visit his teammates during a practice while in a wheelchair.
It’s currently unclear if Shazier has started the process of walking again and perhaps that will now be part of his outpatient therapy session. Regardless, it sounds like his rehab process has once again moved in a positive direction as evidenced by his Thursday Instagram post below.
“I want everyone to know that all of the support and prayers are absolutely being answered. I will continue to work hard and push and find a way back,” Shazier wrote.
I’ve had a lot of 1st downs at UPMC, but you know being the defensive guy I am, my mind is on 3 and out. With that being said, I want everyone to know that I’m moving on to the next step of the process. Today’s a big day for me as I’m officially being released from the hospital. I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped me the past two months. First and foremost, I want to thank God because at the end of the day I don’t think I’d be making progress without His vision and hands protecting me and my family. I will continue to trust in Him and thank Him, because it all starts with Him. To my family: you’ve been my rock. Words can’t express how thankful I am for you Michelle, RJ, Mom, Dad, and VJ for always being there for me. You’re my everything. To Jerome: my trainer and best friend. Thank you for being there from day 1 and every day after continuing to push me to be better every day. I’d like to thank Dr. Okonkwo, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Maroon, and Dr. Schroeder for their amazing work on my procedure and continuous care. I can’t appropriately express how grateful I am for how quickly you’ve helped me bounce back. I want to thank the medical staff at UPMC for their amazing care, support and therapy they have given me- especially Joe, Nikki, Karolina and Dani. I know the staff will continue to help me find a way to keep on pushing as we continue therapy. The support from my teammates has been truly amazing. From former players to current players and their families- they have helped me and my family day to day with visits and gifts. We can’t thank you enough. I want to thank Mr. Rooney, Coach T, Mr. Colbert, and the entire Steelers organization for the unwavering support they’ve given me. I knew they were an amazing organization, but more than ever they’re family to me. Lastly, I want to thank Jimmy, Candice, and the CAA Sports staff for being here when I need them most. I don’t know if I’d be where I’m at or making the progress I’m making without you guys. I want everyone to know that all of the support and prayers are absolutely being answered. I will continue to work hard and push and find a way back. #Shalieve #Steelers #prayfor50
Fellow Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams also provided an update on his teammate on Thursday.
An update on Ryan…. He lit
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) February 1, 2018