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Father says Ryan Shazier has regained feeling in legs

Father says Ryan Shazier has regained feeling in legs

Vernon Shazier, a pastor who recently began giving sermons again, recalled wanting to switch positions with his son when he first saw the injury.

Without providing specifics on the 25-year-old's current condition, Vernon Shazier said his son can now feel both legs and is "making progress daily".

Shazier's father, Vernon, declined to offer specifics on his son's current condition but did recall the moments after he suffered the spinal injury during a December 4 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. "He's a long way from where he was on that Monday night", Vernon said.

When asked if he believes his son will play football game, Vernon Shazier said yes.

"He said, "Daddy, pray for me".

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Ryan Shazier has regained feeling in his legs, WPXI reports.

Vernon Shazier talked to WPXI about the night Ryan was injured and getting a phone call from him after he heard the news.

"We agreed to keep his progress private until he's ready to share where he is at". He suffered a spine injury and was taken to the hospital in Cincinnati for examination. He grabbed for his back after falling to the ground at Paul Brown Stadium, but didn't move his legs. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery shortly thereafter and faces a lengthy period of rehabilitation, with his football career very much in doubt.

Ryan was hospitalized in Cincinnati for two days before returning to Pittsburgh.

"When he went down", Vernon said, "all of us went down with him".


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