As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed Ryan Shazier on the physically unable to perform list, ending his 2018 season before it even starts.
Shazier will not count against the team's 90-man offseason roster. Shazier walked publicly for the first time in almost five months when he strode onto the stage to announce Pittsburgh's first-round pick in last week's National Football League draft. It's unclear if a return to football will happen, but he's making progress and appears to be recovering well from his injury.
ESPN's Field Yates reported the news.
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According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Steelers are converting $8.26 million of Shazier's $8.718 million base salary for 2018 into a signing bonus, meaning he'll receive the money immediately.
This move is a nice gesture by the Steelers, as Shazier has been through a lot since he suffered a career-threatening spine injury in early December. Shazier, placed on PUP Wednesday, earns that money now.
While the move has no salary-cap consequences for the Steelers, it's a move that benefits Shazier in receiving the vast majority of his salary now.
Here's to Shazier continuing on his recovery path.