There's no way around it; what took place last night during the Steelers-Bengals game was frightening.
Seeing Ryan Shazier immediately drop to the floor after leading with his head had the NFL world expecting the worst. Although there is no definitive answer regarding the severity of Shazier's injury, doctors called it a spinal cord contusion.
While fans, friends, and family wait for the news, two neurosurgeons provided an update on Shazier's status.
Considering what NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted in the morning, the next day or two will be crucial for Shazier's recovery.
#Steelers LB Ryan Shazier has shown promising signs this morning. I’m told he has some movement in his lower extremities after last night’s back injury, but the next 24-48 hours are key for increased improvement.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2017
After last night, the true horror of football was on display. The thought of a player losing movement in his legs over a tackle is terrifying.
Here's to hoping the star linebacker makes a full recovery.