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Pittsburgh Steelers to honor Ryan Shazier with special cleats

By The Sports Xchange
Pittsburgh Steelers to honor Ryan Shazier with special cleats
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a major back injury during last week's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including wide receiver Antonio Brown, will honor injured teammate Ryan Shazier on Sunday.

Brown posted a short video on Snapchat Friday of the customized cleats he intends to wear during warmups prior to Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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One yellow cleat features Shazier's face, while the other has a picture of a lion, which Shazier has used on social media on numerous occasions. Both cleats have Shazier's name and number (50) on them, along with the hashtag "#SHALIEVE."

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday after sustaining a severe injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. The 25-year-old spent Monday and Tuesday night at the University of Cincinnati medical center before being transferred to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

A Pro Bowl selection last season, Shazier was injured while making a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone with 11:14 remaining in the first quarter. Shazier hit Malone low with his shoulder pads, then immediately reached for his back while his legs remained motionless.

Shazier leads the team in tackles (89), interceptions (three) and pass deflections (11) this season.

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