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The Steelers have ruled LB Ryan Shazier out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. That'll make 4 straight games missed for his Week 2 shoulder injury and comes as a bit of a surprise after Shazier put in some limited practice time this week. We'll hope for a Week 7 return at Kansas City. Shazier's absence again increases the tackle upside for ILB Lawrence Timmons. Sean Spence will start in Shazier's place again, coming off a pair of good fantasy outings. We've added Spence to our Week 6 LB rankings, though the Cardinals have presented the worst matchup so far for LB scoring.

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The Steelers have officially ended the season of ILB Ryan Shazier by placing him on IR. It was an obviously inevitable move following his scary back injury in the Monday night win over the Bengals. Shazier has since had surgery to stabilize the area and made some slow progress. We'll see what his future holds beyond 2017. Pittsburgh started recently signed Sean Spence in his place against Baltimore, with Tyler Matakevich also sidelined.

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier left on a stretcher in the 1st half of Monday night's game against the Bengals after a scary collision left him with a back injury. The team announced that Shazier had been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation but that there would be "no further updates at this time." Former NFL team doctor David Chao said from initial view of the video that there is "real worry" of a significant spinal injury here. We'll see what the examining doctors find. LB Tyler Matakevich entered when Shazier left.

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier made it through a full practice Friday for the 1st time in a little more than 2 weeks, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Shazier initially left practice in the 1st week of training camp with what was thought to be a minor hamstring pull. But multiple attempts to return since then found him leaving early. “It felt great,” he said after Friday's practice. “I'm happy to be back in the mix … and it was good to be running around and just seeing football from inside my helmet instead of from the sideline.” Shazier, who has played in just 34 of a possible 48 games over 3 NFL seasons, said he has yet to make a tackle in camp practice. There's time to get ready for the opener if he can avoid further setbacks, but it's a worrisome situation for a guy with breakout talent. Keep his durability risk in mind when drafting your IDP starters, but finding insurance/replacements at LB isn't hard in most fantasy football leagues.

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that his sprained right MCL is feeling better, but it doesn't sound like he'll be in the Week 6 lineup. “It's definitely feeling a lot better than two to three weeks ago,” Shazier said. “I'm doing everything I can to make sure I have everything covered.” Shazier said he hopes to return before the Week 8 bye, so IDP owners should expect him to be out this week. We'll see about Week 7.

The Steelers have ruled LB Ryan Shazier out for the 2nd straight game with a knee injury. That means LB Vince Williams will start in his place again after racking up 15 tackles in last week's win over the Chiefs.. We've added Williams to the Week 5 LB rankings.

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