An expected business move on the football side of the house in Pittsburgh occurred Wednesday afternoon.


The Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which effectively ended Shazier’s chances to play 2018, the team announced. He will not count against the team’s 90-man offseason roster.

Shazier, 25, suffered a spinal injury against the Bengals in Week 13, and then underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6.

Since then, he has served as an inspiration by appearing at high-profile events, such as being at Heinz Field during the Steelers showdown against the Patriots on Dec. 17, and standing at the Penguins’ playoff game on April 11.

Shazier also provided one of the top emotional moments during the opening night of 2018 NFL Draft when he walked across the stage holding the hand of his fiancée, Michelle, to announce the Steelers’ first-round pick on Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds.

All those guys return in 2018. And the big add is Cameron Meredith, a restricted free agent they swiped from the Chicago Bears. Meredith was a breakout stud in 2016, tallying 888 yards and four touchdowns before hurting his knee and missing 2017. Keep in mind those numbers came while catching passes from Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer. 

Don’t forget about interesting wideout depth in the form of Ted Ginn and Brandon Coleman, as well as third-round rookie Tre’quan Smith. Brees is cooling off on the quantity, but the quality is still there, and with Meredith’s breakout potential joining the fray, there is little defenses can do to stop it. 

I think just accepting that this happened. Not sulking about it. To me, that was the biggest mental hurdle. The biggest physical hurdle was probably going out under the lights. The lights were something that kind of triggered some symptoms for me. I was fighting that and just not being happy that I was in this scenario the whole time.

When Frazier is ready to return to the majors, his future is uncertain, with a crowded outfield in the Bronx featuring Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks.

The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners. Reid had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick wasn’t signed Cheap Fan Jerseys for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. The Cheap Elite Jerseys 26-year-old safety became a free agent this offseason when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired.

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