“I’m good to go.”
That’s what Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier told the Tribune-Review’s Ralph Paulk Saturday following the team’s final practice in preparation for their game at San Diego. While Shazier claims he is ready, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers claim he isn’t.
Rewind to the week two game against San Francisco where Shazier had a brilliant performance overshadowed only by a stinger he got making a tackle in the second half. Normally, a stinger keeps a player out for several plays while the feeling comes back in the area that went numb.
Monday night however, will be Shazier’s third straight game where he watches from the sidelines.
“If they need me, I’m ready to play from the first snap to the last,” Shazier said. “I can’t put a percentage on where my shoulder is right now, but I’m just ready to go. It’s been hard, sitting around.”
Mike Tomlin obviously doesn’t feel that Shazier is anywhere near ready to go or else he would be playing right? Don’t get me wrong, stingers are painful. If you’ve played football for any extended period then you’ve likely had one. The fact that he is missing his third straight game however just doesn’t make sense.
Shazier did the one thing you just can’t do in my opinion and that’s to take your troubles to social media. It appears to me that Shazier has grown sensitive to many fans suggesting he’s injury-prone and yet another busted draft pick.
I hate when ppl talk, but don't know what there talking about! Shut Up! Only if you had a clue. ?
— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) October 10, 2015
The tweet above was just one example because he also took to Facebook as well.
I have to trust that what Coach Tomlin and the medical staff are doing with Shazier but he certainly doesn’t seem to feel the same way. If this sounds at all familiar then it should. We were told in the first few weeks of the season that Brandon Boykin was hurt and when I pondered that publicly, his wife replied and told me “he’s 1000% healthy.”
So just what is going on here with Ryan Shazier? I’m certainly not acting like I know because I don’t but I am asking questions and I think he and the rest of us deserve some answers.