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Steelers LB Ryan Shazier Officially Retires from Football

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Former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier officially announced his retirement from football in a post to his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Shazier, 27, suffered a spinal injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, 2017 that left him unable to move his legs. After undergoing spinal stabilization surgery, Shazier walked across the stage to deliver the Steelers’ first-round pick at the 2018 NFL Draft.

In Nov. 2018, nearly a year after his injury, Shazier resumed jogging and had stayed engaged with the team, serving as a mentor to young linebacker Devin Bush during the 2019 season. 

After spending two seasons on the team’s physically unable to perform list, this March, the Steelers placed Shazier on the retired list, a move that allowed him to continue to serve with the team in a professional capacity while no longer impacting the Steelers’ salary cap figure.

Shazier was not with the team during training camp this season, with head coach Mike Tomlin saying that Shazier’s focus was elsewhere this fall.

“He has my, and our, full support in terms of that,” Tomlin said. “I hope that he’s going to have some time for us in the future, but as he lays the foundation for the rest of his life, that’s where he’s focusing his energy.”

Wednesday, Shazier officially announced his intention to retire from football.

“I’m here to let the world know that today I am officially retiring from the game I love so much,” he said. “It’s been over a thousand days since I got hurt on the field. To lose the game in a way I never envisioned has not been easy.”

A first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2014, Shazier started 41 games in four seasons for the Steelers and finishes his career with 299 tackles, seven sacks, seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Shazier said he’s going to step away from football for now to “see what else life has to offer.”

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Steelers Sign DE Calvin Taylor to Practice Squad, Release CB Trajan Bandy

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The Steelers have signed defensive end Calvin Taylor to their practice squad and released defensive back Trajan Bandy, the team announced on Friday.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 rookie from Kentucky, spent the entire offseason with the Steelers after singing with the team an an undrafted free agent in April, but was released after training camp.

He’ll add practice depth for the Steelers at defensive end to go along with second-year practice squad player Henry Mondeaux.

The Steelers have just six active defensive linemen: nose tackles Tyson Alualu and Carlos Davis, defensive tackles Cameron Heyward and Chris Wormley and defensive ends Isaiah Buggs and Stephon Tuitt.

Bandy, a rookie free agent out of Miami, was a player that many had high hopes for after leaving the Hurricanes a year early to enter the NFL, but he could not find a spot on the Steelers’ 53-man roster, losing out to James Pierre for the final cornerback spot. Bandy had been the only cornerback on the Steelers’ practice squad.

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Steelers Sign former Michigan State WR Cody White to Practice Squad

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The Steelers have signed wide receiver Cody White to their practice squad, the team announced on Thursday.

White worked out for the team in a try out on Tuesday. He had also tried out with the Steelers once before in August.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver from Novi, Michigan, White left Michigan State after his junior season to pursue an NFL career. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, but was waived with a non-football injury in July.

He was then signed by the New York Giants, but waived during training camp. That’s when he worked out for the Steelers the first time. He then signed with the Denver Broncos on Aug. 23, but was waived at the outset of training camp on Sept. 5.

In three seasons at Michigan State, White caught 143 passes for 1,967 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior in 2019, he had 66 catches for 922 yards and six scores to lead the Spartans in all three categories.

White will fill the Steelers’ practice squad after nose tackle Daniel McCullers elected to terminate his contract and join the Chicago Bears earlier this week.

He’ll help a wide receiver corps that has been reduced in practice by nagging injuries to Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster that has caused both players to miss Wednesday’s practice in consecutive weeks.

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Former Steelers NT Dan McCullers Signs with Chicago Bears

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Former Steelers defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has found new employment, agreeing on Thursday to a contract with the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.

McCullers’ agreement with the Bears was first reported by Joe Rutter of the Tribune-Review.

McCullers, 28, terminated his practice squad contract with the Steelers earlier in the week. He was the Steelers’ sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and had spent the previous six seasons with the team, playing in 73 and making three starts while amassing 41 career tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

The 6-foot-7, 352-pound nose tackle was a somewhat surprising cut for the Steelers after training camp this season, losing his spot on the 53-man roster to rookie Carlos Davis.

The Bears added McCullers after defensive tackle John Jenkins suffered a thumb injury. The Steelers are not scheduled to play the Bears this season.

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