The Steelers are in need of linebacker help after witnessing Ryan Shazier go down with a terrifying neck/back injury against the Bengals on Monday night. Details on Shazier’s status are slim, but the Steelers have released a pair of statements today, indicating that while Shazier has improved, he will stay in a Cincinnati hospital for the next 24-48 hours. Shazier has remained “upbeat and positive” and has communicated with teammates, tweets Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com in a bit of good news.
Shazier’s health and well-being are obviously the most pressing issue at present, but the Steelers also have to account for his loss on their No. 5 DVOA-ranked defense. Spence should be familiar with the Pittsburgh scheme, as he spent four seasons with the club earlier in his career. He’s bounced around the AFC South for the past season-plus, playing for both the Titans and Colts (mostly as a reserve).