Steelers retain LB Shazier, toll contract for 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that Ryan Shazier's contract will be tolled into 2019.

While Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell are set to depart, Shazier will remain on the roster and eventually be placed on the reserve/PUP list.

Shazier is eyeing a return to the football field as he continues to progress in his recovery from a severe spinal injury suffered in December 2017.

The Steelers will pay Shazier for the upcoming season and provide his regular medical insurance.

"We will continue to support Ryan's efforts to return to play," general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.

"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."

The 26-year-old has made significant strides in his rehabilitation, jogging and lifting weights in videos on social media.

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