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Steelers LB Ryan Shazier discharged from rehab institute

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124   //    02 Feb 2018, 09:13 IST
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Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier took an encouraging step in his recovery after the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was released from hospital.

Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury in an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 3 and has been recovering from stabilisation surgery, which he underwent on December 6.

The 25-year-old was released from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute on Thursday and is headed to an outpatient rehab facility to continue his treatment.

Shazier also shared a photo of himself and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Instagram as he announced his discharge and thanked those who have supported him throughout his journey in a lengthy statement.

 

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

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"I've had a lot of first downs at UPMC, but you know being the defensive guy I am, my mind is on three 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," he wrote.

"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 one 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 team-mates 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 organisation for the unwavering support they've given me. I knew they were an amazing organisation, 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."

Despite Shazier's struggles, his father, Vernon, said his son regained feeling in his legs last month.

Shazier made appearances at Heinz Field for games against the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns in December and visited his team-mates at practise in January. 

He shared a photo of himself in a wheelchair on the sidelines, writing that he is "far from done" with football and working "day-by-day" to get better.

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