Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in December and has been making slow progress in a quest that stretches far beyond the gridiron.
Shazier has made numerous public appearances since his injury, but his most powerful came during the 2018 NFL Draft, when he walked onto the stage with some help from his fiancee, Michelle. Shazier will not play in 2018, and though he has said that his goal is to return to the football field, it’s possible he may never be able to play again.
Here’s everything that happened since Shazier was injured on Dec. 4, 2017.
Authorizing a single study, and then burying it through a confidentiality agreement and shelving its recommendations does not constitute meaningful reform, Epstein wrote. Because I care deeply about violence against women in the NFL and beyond, I can no longer continue to be part of a commission that is essentially a fig leaf.
What a great night.
The fourth-best: Fail to get the bunt down, have the bunt sign removed, and get a base hit swinging. Harvey, who is hitting .098 (14-for-143) since his Tommy John surgery, has done this zero times.
The fifth-best: A successful sacrifice bunt. High-fives in the dugout, attaboy. You’re a pitcher holding a bat, and while it’d be swell if you were Madison Bumgarner out there, more realistically this is all anybody asks of you. You did a job. Harvey has six of these. On three of them, he even did the job on the first strike he saw.
So that’s six out of 27, or 22 percent of jobs done. I think this ends the part of the list that includes job done outcomes, though we’ll debate that point in a minute.
The sixth-best: Fail to get the bunt down, have the bunt sign removed, and make an out. Not exactly a job done but, at least theoretically, this might still advance a runner, on a ground ball or a fly out. Harvey has done this one time, though he lined out and did not advance the runner.