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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04:  Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) Photo of David Hookstead

8:33 AM 04/12/2018

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier appeared to be progressing nicely from a spinal injury Wednesday night during the Penguins playoff game.

Shazier helped get the crowd into the game before it started, and looked like he was nothing but smiles.

Ryan Shazier getting the Penguins fans hyped in Pittsburgh.pic.twitter.com/iWYrCVOgf9

— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 11, 2018

Steelers Ryan Shazier stands and pumps up the crowd before the Penguins take on the Flyers. pic.twitter.com/onyHpG3cY1

— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) April 11, 2018

Right before puck drop, Ryan Shazier led the crowd in a “Lets Go Pens” chant. Needless to say, they went absolutely wild. Starting tonight off on a good note #3elieve#Shalieve -MC

— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) April 11, 2018

Ryan Shazier standing next to the Penguins bench leading a “LETS GO PENS!” chant just before the opening faceoff. The building is roaring.

— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) April 11, 2018

Its nice to see that Shazier is out and about after the horrific and terrifying injury he suffered against the Bengals a few months back. That was one of the scariest things Ive ever seen in pro sports.

Its still way too early to tell if Shazier will ever play in the NFL again. Hes still in a wheelchair, and clearly has a very long way to go. Maybe he doesnt even intend to play again.

At the very least, its great to see him recovering from a life-changing injury.

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