Ryan Shazier Put on Reserve/PUP List; Won’t Count Against Steelers 90-Man Roster

As Ryan Shazier continues to rehab from his spinal injury suffered last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are working on structuring their roster without the linebacker.

The team announced on Wednesday that it placed Shazier on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, meaning he will not count against the 90-man roster.

Shazier suffered the injury during a Dec. 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery a few days later.

Placing him on the PUP list is just a formality that helps Pittsburgh gain an extra roster spot—and it should not come as a surprise.

The team drafted James Washington in the second round, which represented an interesting shift in approach at wideout after it traded Martavis Bryant to Oakland. Smith-Schuster should see north of 100 targets after 79 a year ago, maybe pulling some away from Bell’s gaudy count of 106. 

Randy Fichtner’s offense might turn to Vance McDonald at tight end, but pretty much anybody should be able to get open with that cast of wideouts spacing the field and Bell a constant threat. 

While the team is diverse and features elite players, Bell is in a possible contract year, Big Ben could regress at 36 and Pittsburgh sports a new coordinator, all of which keeps the Steelers just outside the top three.   

Kaepernick has remained unsigned for over a year. He filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October.

There hasn’t seemed to be much interest in Reid in free agency, despite being one of the better defensive backs on the market.

It was reported in March that Reid met with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency and was asked about his protests during the national anthem.

Reid’s unemployment may raise more eyebrowns than Kaepernick’s. While there have been questions about Kaepernick’s ability as a quarterback or his fit with certain teams due to his specific playing style, Reid has been considered one of the better safeties in the NFL.

The quest to keep Russell Wilson healthy and upright continues. 

Out is coordinator Darrell Bevell and in is Brian Schottenheimer, who served as the Colts quarterbacks coach last year, had Cheap Echl Jerseys a stint at Georgia and was last a pro offensive coordinator in 2014 with Cheap European Soccer Jerseys the then-St. Louis Rams. 

Ezekiel Elliott case being NFL’s newest legal quagmire is a deflating thought

Ezekiel Elliott is in limbo, very much the way Tom Brady was once in limbo.

Comparing one example of NFL player discipline to the apparent overreach of another seemed way too premature not long ago. It doesn’t seem like it anymore.

We respect their efforts to use their platform to make some change and express themselves. And I think for all those guys that knelt initially and then last week decided to stand – I won’t get into why they made that decision – I think they are going about it in a very responsible and thoughtful way. I’m actually proud of them.

On which Steelers reached out to him once he signed: “Marcus Cheap Jerseys Basketball Gilbert, then Pouncey, and then AB. All three of them hit me up like back-to-back-to-back.”

On what the first game of the regular season against the Browns means: “Super excited. Our first game is gonna be in Cleveland, so it’s gonna be special.”

On if he expects a few passes to be thrown his way: “Oh, for sure. For sure. Oh, definitely. I was there with those guys. They’ve been working hard, working their tails off. I’m gonna be ready, because I know they are.”

On his new jersey number with the Steelers: “I haven’t gotten my number yet. We’re still working on it. I don’t have my number yet. We’ve got some shaking up to do. Hopefully, it will work out. If not 23, it’s gonna be something in the 20s.”

“My heart goes out to him,” Fox said. “He was very disappointed and discouraged Cheap European Soccer Jerseys in the locker room after the game for obvious reasons. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to him. He was pretty upset about it last night, and they’re doing evaluations right now.”