While he remains hospitalized in Pittsburgh, linebacker continues to show gradual improvement from his back injury, people familiar with his condition told ESPN.
Shazier's football career is in doubt, and Schefter noted "the focus right now is not on his playing career but on trying to facilitate his recovery".
The Steelers have not updated his status since Thursday's surgery announcement, but his season is over and the team says it is concerned exclusively about his short- and long-term health. He was treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before returning to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
And prior to the Steelers' game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, sever players plan on wearing special cleats to honor Shazier. The fact that this Shazier report surfaced Sunday morning is also a little sickening and I think most of you understand where I'm going with that.
Antonio Brown shared a video on Snapchat of customized yellow cleats that have Shazier's face on them. "Both cleats have Shazier's name and number (50) on them, along with his hashtag "#SHALIEVE". He immediately fell to the turf, then turned over on his back while appearing to have trouble moving his legs.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Shazier leads the team in tackles (89), interceptions (three) and pass deflections (11) this season.