Ryan Shazier will continue rehab with intention of playing again

Steelers' Ryan Shazier returns to Bengals' stadium for first time since injury

Ryan Shazier remains intent on conquering his severe spinal injury.

While speaking to the media Wednesday, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said the linebacker is still eyeing a return to the field and will continue his rehabilitation with the hope of playing again.

Although Shazier’s contract is up in March, the Steelers are open to working out a deal to keep him with the team.

“To the extent that he wants to do that, we’re open to working that out,” Rooney said.

Shazier was injured when he tackled Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone on Dec. 4, 2017. He was carted off the field in Cincinnati, unable to move his lower extremities, and was later diagnosed with a spinal contusion that required a stabilization surgery and left him in a wheelchair.

But the 26-year-old has since made significant strides in his recovery. He has been seen in videos on social media jogging and even lifting weights.

“Just a year ago my life changed forever,” Shazier said in December on the anniversary of his injury. “It was a scary moment for many people. I’m not going to lie, I was one of them. I’ve learned this was an amazing opportunity for the Lord to show how great He is. It’s been a crazy, long journey, but it is not over yet. The best worst part about this journey that I’m on is the unknown. Day by day it’s getting better than the day before.”