Ryan Shazier posts photo from Steelers practice

Ryan Shazier/Instagram, WCMH

PITTSBURGH, PA (WCMH) — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier shared a photo on Instagram Wednesday showing him in a wheelchair at a Pittsburgh Steelers practice.

The post reads:

I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. Ive been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress. Taking it day-by-day, but I’m far from done. The Lord has not finished his work yet. I want to say thank you to the fans and Steelers Nation for the prayers. If it wasn’t for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn’t be were I am now. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health.#Shalieve#Steelers#prayfor50


The 25-year-old Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery after an injury during a Dec. 4 game in Cincinnati and has started rehab. The team has not released the exact nature of Shazier’s injury and his long-term prognosis.

In the weeks since his injury, he has been watching the Steelers’ games from a suite at Heinz Field.

Last week, Shazier’s father told WPXI that Shazier has regained some feeling in his legs. Shazier’s father did not discuss specifics of his recovery.

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