Steelers place Shazier on PUP List

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Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier celebrates his interception against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Indianapolis.

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.