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Steelers: Ryan Shazier Has Spine Stabilization Surgery

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) -- Following his transfer back to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers say linebacker Ryan Shazier had surgery to stabilize his spine.

The Steelers released this statement on Thursday afternoon:

"Last night, UPMC neurosurgeons and Pittsburgh Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon performed spinal stabilization surgery on Ryan Shazier to address his spinal injury."

The 25-year-old Shazier suffered the injury while hitting Cincinnati's Josh Malone in the first quarter of the Steelers' 23-20 victory over the Bengals on Monday night. Shazier motioned to his lower back immediately following the hit and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

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He was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was treated until Wednesday when he was brought back to Pittsburgh.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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