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Steelers outside linebacker Ryan Shazier was back on a football field over the weekend.

And though he’s far from being able to play again [url=http://www.patriotscheapstore.com/rex-burkhead-jersey-cheap]Rex Burkhead Jersey[/url] , he’s staying connected to the game he vows to return to.

Via聽Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Shazier helped with a youth football camp, encouraging the crowd of 300 kids along with teammate Jesse James.

Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury last December, walked around the field with the assistance of canes. After walking to the podium to announce a Steelers pick at the draft [url=http://www.chargerscheapstore.com/dan-feeney-jersey-cheap]Dan Feeney Jersey[/url] , it’s a pair of high-profile appearances for a player who lost feeling in his legs from the hit in a game against the Bengals. He’s not going to play this season but hopes to return.

“It helps me out, but it helps the people on the outside looking in, also,” Shazier said in a video released by the Steelers. “They’re doing all this for me and they barely know who I am. It really means a lot for me, so when I get a chance to show people I’m doing better and come out here and help them and get the responses I’ve been getting [url=http://www.saintscheapstore.com/wil-lutz-jersey-cheap]Wil Lutz Jersey[/url] , it makes me want to go even harder every day.”

Having a player suffer such an injury during a game could have been the NFL’s worst nightmare. But Shazier has become an inspirational figure, largely through his own positive attitude and determination to walk again.

This offseason a silly made-up controversy arose over whether new Lions coach Matt Patricia was in danger of losing his players by making them run at practice. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford says that’s nonsense.

Stafford said on NFL Network that the players have no issue at all with Patricia’s strenuous practices.

“Oh, no, we understand it. It’s part of the game. It’s part of what he preaches. It’s part of what’s going to make us win games come September, October [url=http://www.billscheapstore.com/patrick-dimarco-jersey-cheap]Patrick DiMarco Jersey[/url] , November. We want to be in as good of shape as we can possibly be so we can go out there and play as long as we can play, at a high level,” Stafford said.

Stafford said he and his teammates are growing to appreciate the way Patricia pushes them.

“He’s intense. He’s an intense guy. He’s pushing us to be the best that we can be and that’s what you want,” Stafford said.

So if Patricia makes the Lions run a few extra gassers at the end of a hot summer practice, Stafford thinks that’s just fine.

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