On Wednesday, however, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert acknowledged that a comeback won’t be happening anytime soon.
“Ryan Shazier won’t play in 2018,” he told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “He knows that, and we know that.”
Colbert did say that Shazier will “still be with the team officially and unofficially.”
Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery a couple of days after he suffered the injury and spent two months in the hospital before being released to an outpatient therapy program. He has made a few public appearances, including one at a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game in which he stood up with a little help. But it’s unclear where Shazier is in his recovery process.