Steelers-Bengals marred by worrying injuries on brutal, ugly night for NFL

  • Ryan Shazier taken to hospital with back injury during Pittsburgh win
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster taunts injured Vontaze Burfict after illegal hit

The Pittsburgh Steelers edged their AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Monday night but the game was overshadowed by ugly moments of violence that did little to lessen the NFL’s reputation for brutality.

The most worrying moment came when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was taken to a hospital for tests after he injured his back and was carted off the field early in the game. Shazier tackled receiver Josh Malone, fell to the ground and grabbed his back. The 25-year-old was strapped to a backboard and taken off. He was moving his arms on the field but his legs appeared immobile.

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