Shazier monitors practice walking with cane

Ryan Shazier attends Pittsburgh Steelers practice on Friday, walking with a cane.

Ryan Shazier was on the field with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, walking with a cane as the team’s linebackers went through drills.

Shazier, who will not play this season after suffering a career-threating spinal injury last December, walked with a limp in a Twitter video posting by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The 25-year-old Shazier has made steady progress from the injury. He had to undergo spinal stabilization surgery two days after he was hurt in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4.

The former Pro Bowl linebacker began to regain feeling in his legs in early January and started to walk within two months of the incident.

Shazier has made a number of public appearances during his rehabilitation, including an emotional moment during the 2018 NFL Draft when he walked across the stage holding the hand of fiancee Michelle Rodriguez to announce the Steelers’ first-round pick of Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds.

A first-round draft pick (No. 15 overall) of Pittsburgh in 2015, Shazier earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his last two seasons.

Shazier has recorded 299 tackles, seven sacks, seven interceptions, 25 passes defensed and seven forced fumbles in 46 career games with the Steelers.

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