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01/20/16 - ILB Ryan Shazier, when healthy, is one of the best young linebackers in the NFL. His problem is durability. He missed 12 games the past two seasons due to injuries.
01/13/16 - LB Ryan Shazier broke out with a big game on the national stage when he had 13 tackles and two forced fumbles against the Bengals. He was the best defensive player on the field and it's the type of performance the Steelers have been expecting from the 2014 first-round pick.
Injuries have curtailed his development. He missed four games this season with shoulder and knee injuries after missing eight games as a rookie. Now healthy, he is showing glimpses of his immense potential.
"It's all about availability," coach Mike Tomlin said. "His pedigree is his pedigree and his growth and development, the pace of it is largely going to be affected by his ability to stay available. When he misses time with an injury, it slows that development. When he's available to us, he fluidly goes through the process that he's the player he knows he is and that we know he's capable of being. So, the thing for him, and some of it is outside of his control, is to continue to do everything in his power to remain injury-free and practice and take snaps because there's no substitute for experience. The more experience he gains, the more his pedigree and knowledge and abilities are going to show."
12/20/15 - LB Ryan Shazier had one of the best overall games of his two-year career, highlighted by the first interception of his career at the Broncos' 37-yard line with 4:28 left and the score tied at 27-27. Three plays and 59 seconds later, Roethlisberger threw the game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Shazier, the Steelers' first-round draft pick in 2014, also had six tackles and three passes defensed.
12/02/15 - LB Ryan Shazier, who is in the NFL concussion protocol after sustaining a concussion against Seattle, was a limited participant in practice.
11/29/15 - LB Ryan Shazier had to come out of another game because of an injury. This time, a concussion ended his day before halftime.