“I expect Ryan is going to be here one way or the other and have a role with the team one way or the other in 2018, for sure,” Steelers owner Art Rooney II said of the injured linebacker Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Shazier, who is still recovering from a back injury in early December, would be entering the fifth year on his initial contract. After earning $9.56 million over his first NFL seasons, Shazier will count $8.7 million against the Steelers’ salary cap after the team exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last year.
“Look, we have a great relationship with Ben. We’ll talk through things. The important thing is he wants to be here and he wants to continue beyond the contract. That’s great.”
“The only thing Nick would do is maybe on a Tuesday say, ‘My shoulder is a little sore.we just work on the short passing game?'” Long said. “I told him that wasn’t a problem.”
It became one during basketball season.
“He’s playing in a game and goes to throw a full-court,” Long recalled, “and I think his shoulder about dropped down to his knee. Somehow he was able to keep that shoulder working during (football) season, and it just couldn’t handle basketball.”
Foles was forced to undergo surgery. But as evidenced by his rifle 22-yard touchdown pass to Corey Clement in Sunday’s 41-33 win over New England, arm strength isn’t an issue.
Long, who retired as Westlake’s coach in 2009, watched Super Bowl 52 with pride not just because of Foles’ on-field prowess, but because of the well-respected person he became.
“It can’t be that for him,” Lee said. “Don’t let him fool you. He’s going to try to control his world and keep his mind as calm as possible for the most part, but things are going to flare up. I know Calais is going to go back and do what he’s supposed to do. I know he’s eager to go out there and make some plays so I can’t wait to see it.”
Campbell is a prime reason for the 7-3 Jaguars becoming one of the surprises of the league. He’s tied for the NFL lead with 11.5 sacks (a career high) and has been a linchpin to the Jaguars leading the NFL in scoring defense, total defense, takeaways, pass defense and sacks.