Dec. 18: Shazier makes surprise appearance at Patriots-Steelers game
Ryan Shazier did not want to miss the AFC game of the year. The Steelers linebacker, who suffered a spinal injury against the Bengals in Week 13, was in a suite for his team’s game against the Patriots on Sunday at Heinz Field.
On whether Ryan Shazier is walking yet: I don’t want to go into it a whole lot, his father said.
The Steelers have not elaborated on the surgery Ryan Shazier underwent, or his prognosis. But outside analysts have said if it involved a fusion procedure, full recovery could take up to six months.
The loss to UMBC, in which Virginia became the first 1-seed in NCAA tournament history to lose to a 16-seed, only encouraged the doubters. As a result, it’s fair to question everything about Virginia basketball once March arrives.
Until then, this remains an ACC contender and dominant force with a defensive style few opponents cracked in the regular season. The Cavs have lost key catalyst Isaiah Wilkins and Devon Hall, but Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, Jack Salt and De’Andre Hunter, the program’s best NBA prospect since Malcolm Brogdon, will all come back for another year and a chance to redeem themselves after last year’s postseason failure.
The return of Cameron Johnson (12.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG) gives the Tar Heels a seasoned star to replace the on-court leadership of Joel Berry II, who led the team to the national title in 2017. Johnson will help his personal cause by improving his 3-point shooting (his success rate dropped from 42 percent to 34 percent last season) and can pursue a national title.
The Tar Heels will have the pieces to snatch another ring for Roy Williams. Three of the team’s top four scorers will return, including Luke Maye, who will start next season as a preseason All-American. Arriving in this year’s recruiting class is Coby White, a five-star point guard, and Nassir Little, a 6-7 wing ranked 10th in his class who earned MVP honors in the McDonald’s All American game.