PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - According to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Ryan Shazier is no longer with the team.
Meeting with reporters on Monday, Tomlin confirmed that the injured linebacker has parted with the Steelers for now.
Under the belief that Shazier has not been at camp due to the pandemic, reporters learned that Shazier left the team.
“Ryan is not missing because of COVID, Ryan is focused on some transitional things in his life and that’s where his focus is right now and he has my and our full support,” said Tomlin.
Tomlin adds he hopes Shazier joins the Steelers again someday.
“I hope that he is going to have some time for us in the future but as he lays the foundation for the rest of his life man, that’s where he’s focusing his energies,” said Tomlin.
Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury back in December 2017 during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Shazier had a long road to recover but has learned to walk again and previously said his goal was to once again play football someday.
It’s unknown if he still hopes to play again.
Since the injury, Shazier has gotten married to his girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez and has had a child with her. He has another child from a previous relationship.
Back in March, the Steelers placed Shazier on its Reserve/Retired list. The move kept Shazier as a member of the team.
"Ryan's placement on the Reserve/Retired List serves as a matter of protocol to ensure his continued inclusion within our organization moving forward in his professional career,” Colbert said at the time.
Shazier is a Pro Bowler and was the Steelers first round draft pick in 2014 going 15th overall.