"He's making progress daily", Vernon Shazier said.
"He's a long way from where he was on that Monday night when he was laying on the field", Vernon Shazier said.
Shazier is progressing in his rehabilitation from spinal stabilization surgery after severely injuring his back while making a tackle in a December 4 game at Cincinnati.
Ryan underwent spinal stabilization surgery two days later and remained in a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center facility for rehabilitation. He had to be stretchered off the field and was unable to move his legs at the time. Minutes later, Ryan Shazier called his father.
Now, he envisions Ryan one day playing football again.
"He said 'Daddy pray for me, I can't feel my legs, ' " Vernon said as he got emotional.
Vernon Shazier talked abou the the night his son was hurt. He told the television station that he has to "Shalieve" - which he termed a "compound version of "Shazier" and 'believe'".
However, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that a team source told him Haley suffered a "shattered" pelvis, as well as a badly bruised left side.
"My sole focus is on preparing for next week's playoff game, so it won't be addressed further", Haley said of the New Year's Eve incident, adding that it was "not of my doing". The two-time Pro Bowler watched the Steelers' Dec. 17 home game against the New England Patriots from a suite at Heinz Field.
Steve Davis, who coached Shazier at Plantation High and has been a close friend of Vernon Shazier since they played high school football for Boyd Anderson, recently told the Sun-Sentinel that Ryan's positive outlook has been inspirational for family and friends.