Browns rookie Myles Garrett and Bears’ first-year man Mitchell Trubisky will always be connected. Cleveland considered taking Trubisky No. 1 overall before deciding to take Garrett, so people in Ohio will always put up one player’s career against the other’s.
Chicago drafted Trubisky one pick after the Browns ultimately took Garrett. Instead of turning it into a heated rivalry with disparaging words flung from one man to the other, the two 2017 top picks were complimentary of each other prior to their matchup at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
“He’s an awesome player,” Trubisky said on a conference call via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “He has freak athleticism. He’s a great pass rusher and plays the run really well as well. He’s a great addition to that defense. He’d had a great year. I continue to wish him nothing but good luck and good health.”
Shazier grabbed his back, was carted off the field in obvious discomfort and without moving his legs. Multiple reports later reported he did have feeling and movement in his lower extremities. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery three days after the game, after returning from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. He subsequently was placed on injured reserve, ending his season officially.
The Steelers have been cautious about releasing public updates regarding his condition, although he did appear at the team’s game against the New England Patriots on Sunday and was seated in a private box at Heinz Field.
Shazier’s Pro Bowl selection was his first (he was an injury replacement for the Ravens’ C.J. Mosley last season). Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva also made it for the first time, as did kicker Chris Boswell. Receiver Antonio Brown, running back Le’Veon Bell, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey have made it multiple times. Their eight total selections was the most of any team.