Ryan Shazier still in wheelchair, but attends Steelers practice

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier

Shazier posted a picture of himself on his Instagram account in the Steelers' indoor practice facility.

In his photo caption, Shazier wrote, "I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve".

"It's great to be back for practices and meetings", Shazier posted on Instagram after his visit.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has remained in positive spirits despite a serious spine injury that left him without feeling in his lower body after an ugly hit against the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 13 the 2017-18 National Football League regular season. Taking it day-by-day, but I'm far from done. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health. "The Lord has not finished his work yet". Shazier thanked his fans for their prayers and support and said he was "making strides". "The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down". If it wasn't for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn't be where I am now. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. The former first-round draft pick has since undergone a spinal stabilization surgery and his father reported last week that his son now has feeling in his legs once again. He was taken to a local hospital before being moved to Pittsburgh two days later.

Shazier was at Heinz Field when Pittsburgh hosted the Patriots on December 17, and the Steelers' defense has been galvanized by the idea of playing and winning to honor their young leader.

The Steelers have been using their injured teammate as motivation, and they'll look to make the linebacker proud by advancing past the divisional round of the playoffs with a win over the Jaguars on Sunday.