Steelers' Shazier discharged, to undergo outpatient treatment

Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was discharged from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Thursday as his recovery from a severe spine injury continues.

A tweet from the official UPMC Twitter account said that Shazier, 25, "will transition to an outpatient therapy program through the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services."

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Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury during Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4 and had spinal stablilization surgery three days later. One month after the injury and with Shazier still hospitalized, his father told WPXI-Pittsburgh on Jan. 4 that his son was improving and had regained feeling in his legs.

Shazier later posted a photo of himself on Instagram standing arm in arm with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the hospital.

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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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In the post, Shazier wrote:

"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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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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Despite not playing most of the final month of the season, Shazier was voted to his second Pro Bowl in four NFL seasons after recording 68 tackles, three interceptions and a career-best 10 passes defended.

The fourth-year veteran was still a presence at the Pro Bowl last weekend, as other Steelers players honored their injured teammate with the linebacker pictured on their cleats during the game. Steelers players in the game also wore T-shirts underneath their jerseys to pay tribute to Shazier.

--Field Level Media

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