Ryan Shazier Injury: Updates on Steelers LB's Shoulder and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) during the NFL preseason football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier did not play since he suffered a shoulder injury during the second half of the Week 2 win against the San Francisco 49ers, but he is ready to return.

Continue for updates. 

Shazier Active for Week 7

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Teresa Varley of Steelers.com announced Shazier was ready to return against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Examining Shazier's Importance to Steelers

The Steelers handpicked Shazier with the 15th selection in the 2014 draft, but the Ohio State product was forced to miss six games as a rookie because of ankle and knee injuries.

"He’s a third-year junior when we drafted him," head coach Mike Tomlin said in March, according to ESPN.com's Scott Brown. "We’ve had a great deal of success with acquiring those third-year-type players. It’s not always instant success. Sometimes it is."

First-year struggles aside, Shazier has the speed and strength necessary (6'1", 230 lbs) to emerge as one of the Steelers' core defensive pieces moving forward.

"He's one of those special guys that can do it all," Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones said in August, according to the Associated Press' Dan Scifo. "He can drop into coverage, he can run and fill gaps. He's a very explosive player who is smart and gets to the ball fast and I'm excited to see him play."

The Steelers are replete with depth at linebacker with Jones, James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons all roaming around the second level, but Shazier's 4.36 40-yard-dash speed, per NFL.com's Mike Huguenin, is invaluable to Pittsburgh's ability to defend at the line of scrimmage. 


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