Ryan Shazier has regained feeling in legs, father says

One month after suffering a severe spinal injury while making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is improving and has regained feeling in his legs, according to a Pittsburgh Channel 11 report.

Shazier's father, Vernon, told Channel 11 his son called him on the night of Dec. 4, shortly after being carted off the field in Paul Brown Stadium.

"He said, 'Daddy, pray for me. I can't feel my legs,'" Vernon Shazier said.

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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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Without providing specifics on the 25-year-old's current condition, Vernon Shazier said his son can now feel both legs and is "making progress daily."

"He's a long ways from where he was on that Monday night when he was laying on the field," he said.

Vernon Shazier declined to answer if his son has walked since the injury, saying Ryan will share "where he is at" when he is ready, but he believes his son will play again.

Ryan Shazier was hospitalized following the hit against the Bengals and underwent surgery to stabilize his spine two days later. He was placed on injured reserve by the Steelers, but attended the team's home games in Weeks 15 and 17.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) enters the field before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers on November 26, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Steelers went on to win the game 31-28 with a field goal on final play. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Ryan Shazier (Ohio State) holds up his jersey after being selected as the number fifteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) warms up before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers on November 26, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Steelers went on to win the game 31-28 with a field goal on final play. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 12: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Steelers won 20-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) celebrates pressuring Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during an NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 22, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 29: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) waits for the play during game action between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions on October 29, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 29: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (50), Pittsburgh Steelers corner back Artie Burns (25), and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) talks during a timeout during game action between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions on October 29, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) reaches out to recover a fumble during an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears on September 24, 2017 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Steelers 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 18: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills exchanges jerseys with Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after their NFL game at New Era Field on December 11, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Rashad Jennings #23 during the game against the New York Giants at Heinz Field on December 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Giants 24-14. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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The fourth-year linebacker was named a Pro Bowl representative this season after posting 89 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 12 games.

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