Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Ryan Shazier, won’t be joining his team on the field but will still have an important role on the team.
The organization announced today that they will be tolling Shazier’s contract for 2019. Tolling his contract allows his NFL pension to grow and most importantly allow him to have the same medical plan that he’s used following the awful spinal contusion he suffered.
Ryan Shazier’s contract will be tolled into the 2019 NFL season.
He will remain on the team’s roster this year and eventually will be placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 12, 2019
The last time that Shazier was able to suit up with his teammates was in December of 2017. After the attempted tackle he tried to make, Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery.
Steelers GM, Kevin Colbert, said it was easy to make the decision about Shazier. His leadership skills and support within the locker room gave the team a positive vibe that is always appreciated.
“We will continue to support Ryan’s efforts to return to play,” Colbert said. “Although he won’t be able to help us on the field in 2019, his leadership, insight, and emotional support have always been very valuable to us, and we look forward to his contributions in our pursuit of a championship.”
— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) February 28, 2019