Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier taken to hospital after terrifying head-first hit to an opponent

  • Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field and later hospitalized on Monday after making a head-first tackle.
  • Shazier stayed on the ground, holding his back and head.


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field and hospitalized Monday after a scary hit vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

In the first quarter, Shazier tackled Bengals receiver Josh Malone and hit him head first. Shazier immediately stayed down on the ground, writhing, grabbing both his back and his head. He was eventually carted off the field.

Here's ESPN's replay of the hit in which the announcers noted that Shazier had not been moving his legs after the hit:

ESPN reported after the game that Shazier had an MRI exam and CT scan and was not expected to need surgery. The team hopes he can leave the hospital by Tuesday.

Steelers linebacker Vince Williams told ESPN that he was near Shazier after the hit and that Shazier told him he had feeling in his lower extremities, which was one of the biggest concerns.

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) (bottom) injures his back during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone (80) is brought down by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) is carted off the field during a stop in play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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Several in the NFL world shared their sentiments for Shazier afterward, including the Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens.

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