The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve for the 2018 season to give him more time to recover from spinal stabilization surgery.

The team made the move on Wednesday Bengals Authentic Jerseys , which will open up a roster spot for the AFC North champions as they begin organized team activities later this month.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert ruled Shazier out for 2018 earlier this year. Shazier, injured in a game at Cincinnati last December, walked publicly for the first time in nearly five months when he strode onto the stage to announce Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in last week’s NFL draft.

The 25-year-old Shazier has remained active in the organization during his rehabilitation.

The Buccaneers could be expecting the tight end who unexpectedly slid to No. 19 in the 2017 draft to make a significant jump in 2018.

Tight end O.J. Howard caught the attention of his head coach during the offseason program, finishing up spring practice with a flourish.

“You saw two good examples of O.J. right there at the end Allen Hurns Jersey ,” coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday at the conclusion of practice, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He made that great catch in the end zone [Tuesday]. He made that beautiful catch in the seam, then a few plays later, we threw the screen to him. I mean O.J.’s incredible athleticism just jumps out to you.”

Howard had 26 catches for 432 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. He shares time with tight bend Cameron Brate Omar Vizquel Jersey , who signed a long-term deal earlier in the offseason.

“I think with him knowing more what to expect with the 16-game schedule and six-week training camp, it’s easy to see, I don’t think anybody who watched those plays wouldn’t see why that guy was a first-round draft pick last year,” Koetter said.

The Tampa Bay offense has plenty of weapons in the passing game Nick Chubb Jersey , with the two tight ends accompanied by receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. If they can put it all together, the Bucs may finally get back to the playoffs, for the time time since 2007. Their last postseason win came in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

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