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Steelers linebacker Shazier has spinal stabilization surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) is carted off the field after an apparent injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery to address his injury, the team said Thursday.

The surgery was performed Wednesday night by two UPMC neurosurgeons and Pittsburgh Steelers teams physicians – Drs. David Oknokwo and Joseph Maroon.

The team provided no update on Shazier's condition or the severity of his spinal injury.

Shazier, 25, was transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to Pittsburgh to continue treatment for a spinal injury suffered in Monday night's win over the Bengals.

He was hospitalized Monday after being injured while tackling Bengals receiver Josh Malone in the first quarter.

Shazier immediately fell to the ground and grabbed the middle of his back.


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