Jun 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers lineback Ryan Shazier (50) participates in drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Shazier misses first Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game

Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier has already more or less been handed a starting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers, although we weren’t able to get a good look at him Saturday night in the team’s preseason opener against the New York Giants. That was because he was ruled out, and didn’t take the field.

According to Pro Football Talk, Shazier sat out the game as he continues to nurse a knee injury that bothered him in practice this past week.

Shazier was bothered by a knee injury in practice last week and the Steelers announced that he won’t play against the Giants on Saturday night. There haven’t been any signs from the Steelers that they are terribly worried about Shazier, who looks set for a big enough role that risking further injury in a preseason game doesn’t make much sense.

It’s good to know that this was a precautionary measure, as opposed to being anything serious.

Since arriving with the Steelers after they drafted him in the first round last May, Shazier has done nothing but impress the organization, and has exhibited more than enough to warrant them putting him in the position that he’s currently in.

Whether or not he plays in the team’s next preseason game has yet to be announced.

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